GIRO’16: Good Morning Palmanova!
Corsa Rosa reaches Alps with tough mountain stage featuring new climbs
Palmanova, 20 May 2016 – Good morning from Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia, 170km from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli. This is the first Alpine stage of the Giro, with challenging climbs which are new to the Corsa Rosa. They seem destined to reshape the General Classification.
The group, 177 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.31. Did not start: dossards nr 29, 114, 118 and 143
Palmanova: Sunny, 21°C. Wind: weak – 6kmh.
Cividale del Friuli (approx. 17.10 – Finish): few cloud, 23°C. Wind: weak – 5kmh.
Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo)
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, 100 King of the Mountains points are up for grabs, as well as time bonuses of 13 seconds. A maximum possible 31 points are available for the points classification.
1 – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 24″
3 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 1’07”
Stage 13 – Palmanova – Cividale del Friuli – 170km
Finish: Approx. 17.15
Race Headquarters: Palazzetto Polifunzionale dello Sport di Cividale, Via Gaetano Perusini
This is a very challenging mountain stage. The route takes in four categorised climbs in a row, with just a few stretches to let the bunch catch their breath. The first 45km run on apparently flat ground, and are followed by three typical pre-Alpine climbs, marked by narrow roadway, high gradients and endless turns, both while climbing and while descending. After a flat drag including a passage over the finish line, the route heads towards the two final climbs in Porzùs and Valle, with a very winding and undulating profile, and high uphill gradients. The road narrows at point while crossing urban areas. The route features some technical descents, especially when climbing down form Passo San Martino at km 67.
The last 5km are deceptive: seemingly flat and yet actually running downhill all the way to Cividale del Friuli. The route features a few twists and turns over the last kilometre; the home straight (approx 400m long) is on a 7m wide asphalt road.
POINTS OF INTEREST
PALMANOVA – km 0
Founded in 1593 by decree of the Senate of the Republic of Venice, it was built as a fortress-city, with circles of defensive walls, ramparts and moats that were further expanded in later periods. The city plan has a unique structure in the shape of a nine-pointed star, which survives to the present day. Also referred to as ‘the star city’, Palmanova was declared a National Monument in 1960.
Palmanova was hometown to Professor Ardito Desio (1897- 2001), the explorer and geologist, who performed a famous exploration mission on K2 in 1954.
CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI – km 29
The route leaves the ‘star city’, heading for San Giovanni al Natisone, the town at the heart of the Italian chair-making district. As we catch sight of the gentle Collio Hills, a renowned wine-producing area, the route encounters the ancient, majestic structure of the 10-century Abbey of Rosazzo. After running past Oleis and the hamlet of Ipplis (within Premariacco), the route takes a first pass through Cividale del Friuli.
SAN PIETRO AL NATISONE (intermediate sprint) – km 42
After San Pietro al Natisone (intermediate sprint) the route crosses the famous Devil’s Bridge spanning the River Natisone. The charming and gentle hilly landscape becomes markedly mountainous in Savogna.
MONTEMAGGIORE (MATAJUR) (KOM) – km 58
In Savogna, the road starts to climb all the way up to the Montemaggiore 1st category summit on Mount Matajur, a mountain of the Julian Prealps some 1,641m high. The small church of Christ the Redeemer stands out on the summit and the astronomic observatory near the summit was inaugurated in 2013.
During WWI the Matajur was part of the last line of Italian defence protecting the Friuli plain. At the Battle of Caporetto, Lieutenant Rommel, the future Field Marshal, conquered the summit (24th October 1917); his advance was decisive for the tragic Italian retreat.
CRAI (KOM) – km 81
The woody landscape is charming and verdant, and the soil is deeply ridged – a distinctive feature of the entire area.
PONTE SAN QUIRINO (feed zone) – km 105
CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI – km 111 and FAEDIS – km 124
The Faedis area is dotted with castles, which has earned it the nickname “the land of castles”. Local produce includes the famous Refosco di Faedis wine, and strawberries.
ATTIMIS (intermediate sprint) – km 130 and CIMA PORZUS (KOM) – km 139
The place known as Malghe di Porzus is reminiscent of a tragic, controversial event that occurred in 1945 related to Italian Resistance.
VALLE (KOM) – km 156
CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI – km 170
Cividale del Friuli is the ancient Forum Iulii, founded by Julius Caesar, which gave its name to the entire region. It was the first capital of the Lombard Duchy of Friuli. Throughout the centuries, it has always been a major reference centre in the territory for history, culture and its architectural landmarks, and was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. The Celtic underground caves, the Lombard Temple – an exquisite example of early Middle Ages architecture and sculpture, the Duomo along with the Christian Museum and the National Archaeological Museum are major landmarks. Local cuisine includes the classic gubana cake, and the famous plum liquor slivovitz. Cividale was hometown to Paul the Deacon (720- 799), monk, historian, poet and scribe.
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, over 2.6 metric tons of rubbish were collected, 82% of which will be recycled. Over 25 tons of recycled rubbish has been collected so far at the Giro.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO