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GIRO’16: Good Morning Castelrotto!

Mountain Individual Time Trial awaits the riders after the fatigue in the Dolomites

Castelrotto (Kastelruth), 22 May 2016 – Good morning from Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia, 10.850km ITT from Castelrotto (Kastelruth) to Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm).

First rider: Jack Bobridge (Trek – Segafredo) – departs 13.30
Final rider: Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) – departs 16.46
Riders depart at one minute intervals until the final 15, who start at three minute intervals.

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WEATHER
Castelrotto (Kastelruth – first rider departure): Sunny, 23°C. Wind: moderate – 14kmh.
Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm – last rider finish – approx. 17.15): Sunny, 14°C. Wind: moderate – 20kmh.

JERSEYS
Maglia Rosa
(pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo)
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)

POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 35 King of the Mountains points are up for grabs, as well as 15 points for the points classification. No time bonuses awarded in time trial stages.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo)
2 – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 41″
3 – Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 1’32”
4 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 3’06”
5 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 3’15”

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Stage 15 – Castelrotto (Kastelruth) – Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm) – ITT – 10.850km
Finish: Approx. 17.15
Race Headquarters: Condominio Sciliar, Compatsch 67

Route
The stage is an uphill Individual Time Trial. After a first false-flat drag (1,800m), the route climbs steadily over the next 9km, with an average 8.3% gradient. The road is wide and well paved. Straight stretches alternate with hairpins that feature a high bend radius. Split time is taken at km 4.4.

Final kms
The final kilometres run entirely uphill, with constant slopes (an average gradient of 8%, and a maximum gradient of 11%), and on wide, well-paved roads. The route takes in a series of hairpins in the stage finale. The finish line lies at the end of a 180m long, 6m wide asphalt home straight.

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POINTS OF INTEREST
CASTELROTTO / KASTELRUTH – km 0

The town draws its name (that roughly translates into “crumbling castle”) from an ancient 13th-century Romanesque castle called Castelvecchio, whose ruins have survived to this day and are accessible to the public. The castle used to rise on a rocky spur in Siusi allo Sciliar, at 1,273 metres above sea level. Kastelruth is defined a “market town”, which was a mark of distinction. Most of its municipal territory lies within the Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park, at the foot of the Seiser Alm, where, nature and tourism happily coexist.
Notable sights include the mid-19 century church of SS. Pietro e Paolo, with its great, distinctive belfry that towers over the surrounding households.
The Schlern-Rosengarten Nature Park is a major conservation area that protects the unique environment and landscape of the territory lying between the Schlern and Rosengarten massifs.
The highest peaks are Mount Petz (2,563m) and Kesselkogel (3,004m). Major landmarks include the tiny lake of Fié (or Völser Weiher), in the village of the same name, whose unique atmosphere gave life to local myths and legends.

ALPE DI SIUSI / SEISERALM (KOM) – km 10.8
At approx 1,850 metres above sea level, the Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm plateau (summit finish and 1st category climb), is the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe, covering an area of 52 square kilometres. It is surrounded by Val Gardena to the north, by the Langkofel Group to the north-east and by the Schlern massif to the south-east – the signature landmark of this territory, with its unmistakable rocky profile.
From up here, the view can reach as far as the Sella, Rosengarten and Marmolada groups. The Seiser Alm has a rich and extensive network of summer and winter tourism infrastructures that also connect it with Ortisei and Siusi, in Val Gardena.
In the 2009 Giro, the Russian Denis Menchov claimed victory here on stage 5, San Martino di Castrozza – Alpe di Siusi.

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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.

GIRO D’ITALIA – RIDE GREEN
During yesterday’s stage, over 3.35 metric tons of rubbish were collected, 87% of which will be recycled. Over 31 tons of rubbish has been recycled so far at the Giro.

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PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO
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