GIRO Stage 11: Good Morning Modena!
A flat stage with an explosive finale
Modena, 18 May 2016 – Good morning from Stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia, 227km from Modena to Asolo. The stage, mostly flat, has a hilly finale to suit the finisseurs.
The group, 183 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11.50.
Modena: light cloud, 20°C. Wind: weak – 4kmh.
Asolo (approx. 17.10 – Finish): Scattered clouds, 19°C. Wind: moderate – 12kmh.
Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Damiano Cunego (Nippo – Vini Fantini)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step) – Jersey will be worn by 2nd in classification, Davide Formolo (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team)
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, time bonuses of 13 seconds are up for grabs. A maximum possible 90 points are available for the points classification, not to mention 3 King of the Mountains points.
1 – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) a 26″
3 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) a 50″
Stage 11 – Modena – Asolo – 227km
Finish: Approx. 17.15
Race Headquarters: Scuola Media “Torretti”, via Forestuzzo, 65
The stage is clearly divided into two parts: the first one runs flat from Modena to just before Asolo (approx 200km), while the second one is wavier and more challenging, leading into the finish. The route runs across the entire Po Plain, partly on narrow roads, and partly on wide and mainly straight roads – but riders must beware of roundabouts, kerbs, speed bumps and traffic dividers through urban areas. Just past Maser, the road tackles a short yet very harsh climb up Forcella Mostaccin (with gradients topping out at 16%), followed by a technical descent (narrowing in places) leading to the Monfumo hills and to Castelcucco. Here, a series of undulations will lead to the final Asolo climb.
Five kilometres before the finish, the road climbs up towards Asolo along a 1km ramp with gradients of approx 7% that leads into the old town centre through a mediaeval gateway and on a setts-paved stretch. A quick descent on wide roads follows, up to the final kilometre. The last bend is 900m from the finish line, followed by a long home straight, just bending slightly, on a perfectly level, 7.5-m wide asphalt road.
POINTS OF INTEREST
MODENA – km 0
Modena has a rich historical, architectural and cultural legacy. It was the capital of the Este Grand Duchy for over a century, and is the seat of an ancient University. Its cathedral is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, with its bell tower, known as “Ghirlandina”. Most of the historical buildings look onto the splendid Piazza Grande, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has been the seat of the Military Academy and the Arma dei Carabinieri since the end of World War II.
The territory’s outstanding culinary delicacies include traditional cold cutsbalsamic vinegar and “nocino” liqueur. Pottery and tiles are important to the city’s industry, along with top-quality mechanical industry, represented by Maserati and Ferrari (in nearby Maranello).
NONANTOLA – km 6
First on the stage route is Nonantola. The town has a typical mediaeval appearance, with two major towers. The majestic Benedictine Abbey, established by Anselm the Abbot in 752; and from around 1000 AD, the “Partecipanza agraria di Nonantola”, a traditional institution that established collective ownership of the territory.
FINALE EMILIA – km 41
This area suffered extensive earthquake damage in May 2012. The epicentre was in Finale Emilia, where the 1213 Torre dei Modenesi crumbled and the Este castle (Castello delle Rocche) was seriously damaged.
BONDENO – km 56
The majestic Rocca Possente (“mighty fortress”), near the Po River in the district of Stellata, rebuilt in the 16th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
BADIA POLESINE – km 88
Badia Polesine is home to the ancient Abbey of Vangadizza, in a mainly agricultural landscape, rich in waterways.
PIACENZA D’ADIGE (feed zone) – km 95 and ESTE – km 112
Este, at the foot of the Euganean Hills, is dominated by its castle. Rebuilt by the Carraresi family in the mid-14th century, it is surrounded by a quadrangle of walls running up t from the city to the castle, with 12 defensive towers.
GRISIGNANO DI ZOCCO (intermediate sprint) – km 145
This area is home to a number of elegant buildings and stately mansions.
PIAZZOLA SUL BRENTA – km 158
Major sights include the marvellous Villa Contarini. A small hamlet now called Isola Mantegna was the birthplace of the painter Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506).
VILLA DEL CONTE (intermediate sprint) – km 167
The local parish church houses a number of artworks by the Venetian painter Palma il Giovane, born Giacomo Nigretti (1548/1550-1628) and called “il Giovane” (“the young Palma”) to differentiate him from his great-uncle Palma il Vecchio (“the old Palma”).
CASTELFRANCO VENETO – km 183
Major landmarks include the mediaeval castle, surrounded by a line of well-preserved walls and by a moat; and the neoclassical cathedral, featuring a famous altarpiece by the skilful painter Giorgione. The city and its surroundings also boast a great food and wine tradition. The city has produced many excellent riders, including 2008 World Champion Alessandro Ballan, and “veteran” Matteo Tosatto (who has been Professional since 1997). The city hosted a Giro d’Italia stage finish in 1991, with victory going to Silvio Martinello, and one in 1999, won by Mario Cipollini.
ALTIVOLE – km 194
Hometown to Giuseppe Brion (1909-Milan 1968), a pioneering entrepreneur in electronics and founder of the Brionvega Company, famous for a signature innovative design.
FORCELLA MOSTACCIN (KOM) – km 208
Villa Barbaro in Maser (by the start of the Forcella Mostaccin climb) is a Venetian villa built by Andrea Palladio between 1554 and 1560 for the humanist Daniele Barbaro. He transformed the old medieval palace of Maser, belonging to Barbaro’s family, into a splendid country mansion. The villa, that includes a Palladian temple, was listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1996 (along with the other Palladian villas in Veneto and the city of Vicenza).
ASOLO – km 227
Asolo, lying amidst the peaceful, gentle rolling hills, is amongst Italy’s most beautiful villages. Its greatest splendour came under the Most Serene Republic of Venice and under Caterina Cornaro, born to the noble Venetian Corner family (1454-1510). She was Queen of Cyprus by marriage and Sovereign Lady of Asolo from 1489 to 1510 after she was widowed. A favourite tourist destination is the Duomo (with its signature neo-Romantic façade), housing the famous “Assumption” altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto; Palazzo della Ragione; Villa Scotti-Pasini, the castle and many elegant villas.
This will be the city’s second Giro d’Italia stage finish. Back in 2010, Vincenzo Nibali won stage 14, Ferrara-Asolo.
TV coverage of the 99th Giro d’Italia will reach all four corners of the world: 184 countries will see the Corsa Rosa on 29 different networks, 24 of them live.
RAI – Radio Televisione Italiana, the longstanding host broadcaster, provides extensive coverage of the Corsa Rosa. The action is live in three separate programmes: “Prima diretta” (“Pre-Live”) on Rai Sport 1, “Giro in diretta” (“Giro Live”) at 15:10 – 16:15 in simulcast on Rai 3 and Rai HD, and “Giro all’arrivo” (“Giro on the Finish Line”), with the last hour of racing until 17:15. The traditional post-race analysis programme “Processo alla Tappa” (“The Stage on Trial”) ends at 18:00.
When the race reaches Italy, the stage start will be covered in Rai Sport 1’s “Giro Mattina” (“Giro Morning”), showing the signing in ceremony, with interviews, the start of racing, and local colour. The strand “Journey through the Italy of the Giro d’Italia” will show historical and cultural anecdotes and features.
For viewers unable to watch the stage live in the afternoon, the evening show TGiro (“Giro Bulletin”) will tell the story of the day’s racing from 20:00 on Rai Sport 1, followed by Giro Notte (“Late Night Giro”), with 90’ of stage highlights from 22:45 on Rai Sport 2. The Corsa Rosa will be streamed on the website www.rai.tv.
AROUND THE WORLD
In Italy the Giro can also be seen live on Eurosport, broadcasting to 53 countries across Europe from 14:15, with race commentary in 19 languages.
In France, the stages are live exclusively on beINSports, with reports and features from the scene.
The Dutch public broadcaster NOS is showing three hours of live racing of the first three stages in the Netherlands, as well as the final 90 minutes of the weekend stages in Italy, plus daily highlights of every stage.
Free to air race coverage is live in Flemish via VRT, in Danish on TV2 Denmark, in Switzerland via SRG SSR, in Spain via Teledeporte and EITB and in Kazakhstan, in highlights, on Kaz Sports.
The Corsa Rosa is live in South America on ESPN, with Portuguese commentary in Brazil, English commentary in the Caribbean and Spanish across the rest of South America. Colombian fans have a wide range of options, with live coverage on RCN and Señal Colombia. TDN is showing the race live in Mexico and Central America. beIN Sports is covering the Giro in the United States of America and RDS is providing French-language coverage in Canada.
The Giro d’Italia is also on the small screen in the Middle East and North Africa thanks to live coverage on beIN Sports, while in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa the Giro is on the Supersport channels.
In Asia, the Corsa Rosa in available in 16 countries via Eurosport Asia Pacific; J Sports is covering the race live and exclusive in Japan. LeTV is doing the same in China.
Race highlights are on FPT Telecom in Vietnam, while the Thai public can enjoy the key parts of the stage on both True Visions and NOW26.
The huge interest that Australia has shown in the Giro continues in 2016: SBS is showing all 21 stage live, while Fox Sports is showing highlights. In New Zealand, Sky is showing the race live and in highlights.
Finally, the Corsa Rosa is being shown worldwide via SNTV – Sports News Television and Sport24, the 24 hour sports channel for airline and cruise ship passengers.
GIRO D’ITALIA – RIDE GREEN
During yesterday’s stage, almost 2.8 metric tons of rubbish were collected, 86% of which will be recycled. Over 18 tons of recycled rubbish has been collected so far at the Giro.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO