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GIRO Stage 7: Good Morning Sulmona!

Through Central Italy to beautiful Umbria and perhaps another sprint finish

Sulmona, 13 May 2016 – Good morning from Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, Sulmona to Foligno (211km): a hilly stage that may still end in a bunch sprint. Cheered by huge crowds, the Corsa Rosa has been truly celebrated in style this morning.

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The group, 191 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11.54. Did not start: dossard nr 97, Lawrence Warbasse.

WEATHER
Sulmona: Sun, 21°C. Wind: moderate – 27kmh.
Foligno (approx. 17.15 – Finish): Scattered showers, 17°C. Wind: strong – 31kmh.

JERSEYS
Maglia Rosa
(pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)
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)

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 18 King of the Mountains points.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
2 – Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) at 26″
3 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 28″

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Stage 7 – SULMONA – FOLIGNO – 211km
Finish: Approx. 17.15
Race Headquarters: Palasport “Giuseppe Paternesi”, Piazzale Nazzareno Gubbini (Loc. S. Pietro)

Route
The stage is wavy, with a first climb starting just 11km after the start (Le Svolte di Popoli), followed by nearly 200km on wide and mostly straight roads, with roundabouts, speed bumps and traffic islands being the main obstacles typically found in urban areas (such as L’Aquila, Rieti, Terni, Spoleto). The final part of the route descends (or runs flat) all the way up to the final kilometres.

Final kms
The final kilometres are quite uncomplicated, up to 2,000m from the finish. Here, one right-hand bend quickly followed by two left-hand bends lead into the home stretch with 1,300m left to go. There is just one last, gentle bend 500m before the finish line, which lies on a 160m long and 7m wide asphalt straight.

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POINTS OF INTEREST
SULMONA – km 0

Sulmona lies in a fertile plain that thrives on agriculture and vine growing, surrounded by high mountains and picturesque villages, close to the Majella National Park. Sulmona hosted its first Giro stage finish in 1911, with Corlaita victorious. Other winners include Brunero (1925), Binda (1926 and 1928) and Vona (1992). In 2009 and in 2012 it was start city.

POPOLI – km 11
Popoli was hometown to Corradino D’Ascanio (1891-1981), a brilliant engineer who invented the legendary Piaggio’s Vespa scooter and designed the first helicopter prototypes.

LE SVOLTE DI POPOLI (KOM) – km 20
The venue for the famous uphill car race, the “Cronoscalata Svolte di Popoli”.

L’AQUILA (intermediate sprint) – km 60
The route runs across Piana di Navelli, the plateau dominated by the Gran Sasso Massif that’s renowned for growing saffron. After the main centre, Poggio Picenze, the route enters L’Aquila (intermediate sprint); that still bears clear signs of 2009’s tragic earthquake.

TERME DI COTILIA (feed zone) – km 104
The Terme di Cotilia spa resort’s thermal baths dates back to Roman times.

RIETI – km 117
Is the centre of the historical region of Sabina, lying in a wide valley at the foot of Mount Terminillo, where the River Velino flows. With its mighty mediaeval walls and geographical position, Rieti is known as “Italy’s navel”. Rieti has hosted many cycling competitions, including Giro stages, as well as track and field events. Adolfo Leoni (1917-1970) was a sprinter and rouleur who spent most of his life in Rieti. His palmares boasts the 1942 Milano-Sanremo, and 17 Giro stage wins including the Maglia Rosa.

LAGO DI PIEDILUCO – km 141 and MARMORE – km 146
Lake Piediluco is home to the National Rowing centre. The spectacular Marmore Falls, an impressive man-made waterfall created by the Romans, has a 165m drop.

TERNI – km 153
Terni is internationally known as the city of Saint Valentine, bishop and martyr, who was born here in the 2nd century. Terni has hosted eight Giro d’Italia stage finishes, the first in 1926, and the most recent in 1995.

VALICO DELLA SOMMA (KOM) – km 170

SPOLETO (intermediate sprint) – km 181
This busy destination with monuments, cultural life and diverse heritage, is home to the “Festival dei Due Mondi”, established by composer Gian Carlo Menotti. The Rocca Albornoziana is a fortress standing on the top of Colle Sant’Elia and overlooking Spoleto. It is the main stronghold in the defensive system ordered by Pope Innocenzo VI, built between 1363 and 1367.

CAMPELLO SUL CLITUNNO – km 193
The village is the source of River Clitunno and home to an ancient Lombard temple, in an area renowned for producing excellent olive oil.

TREVI – km 200
The ancient and elegant buildings of the historic district reflect the town’s past.

FOLIGNO – km 211
The stage, supposedly suited to sprinters, will end in Foligno. It is the third most populated city in Umbria, as well as the region’s main communication centre. Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy was the first book printed in the Italian language in Foligno, in 1472.
Off the Piazza della Repubblica the Duomo (dedicated to San Feliciano), Palazzo Trinci and the Town Hall all contain major works of art and cultural jewels. Equally noteworthy is the Abbey of Sassovivo, around 6km from the city centre.

Foligno was the birthplace of Giuseppe Piermarini (1734-1808), an architect whose universally known work is the Teatro alla Scala, built in 1776-78, a neo-classic building with some Renaissance elements.
The bi-annual jousting tournament “Giostra della Quintana” dates back to 1448. One of the city’s major traditional events, and a popular tourist attraction, it rewards the knights who skilfully manage to catch the ring hanging from the hand of the dummy soldier (the so-called “Quintana”).

Foligno hosted two Giro stage finishes: 1968 and 2014, won by Bitossi and Bouhanni respectively.

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TV COVERAGE
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.

ITALY
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.

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GIRO GREEN
More than 2.360 metric tons of rubbish were collected yesterday, 61% of which will be recycled: the goal is to achieve over 90% recycling.

#Giro

PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO

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