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Giro 2019: Stage 3: Vinci - Orbetello 220 km *Spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
edited May 2019 in Pro race
Stage 3: Vinci - Orbetello 220 km
Monday, May 13th

START TIME: 12.10 CEST

FINISH TIME: ~17.15 CEST


Stage 3 in the Giro d'Italia runs from Vinci to Orbetello. The route amounts to 220 kilometres and is tailor-made for a sprint finish. The profile is rolling and flattens out towards the finish. The route crosses the hills around Siena before reaching the plain around Grosseto.

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Vinci is a small Tuscan town near Florence. The birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci is included to mark the 500th anniversary of the famous artist’s death. The life of the town revolves around the eclectic Renaissance figure and Vinci itself has become a sort of diffused museum dedicated to the master.
The walled medieval town is located on the north-west slopes of the Montalbano hills and surrounded by olive trees and vineyards.
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After one last hillock, the Poggio l’Apparita categorised climb, the final kilometres leading to the finish are pan-flat.

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A chicane in the last 500 metres is something to be aware of.

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Favourites 3rd stage 2019 Giro d’Italia
*** Elia Viviani, Caleb Ewan, Pascal Ackermann
** Fernando Gaviria, Arnaud Démare, Davide Cimolai
* Sacha Modolo, Giacomo Nizzolo, Ryan Gibbons

Orbetello
Population : less than 15,000

Origin of Orbetello 1110

Antique name: Orbetellum Orbitellus

Thanks to its widespread and varied territory has always represented an ideal place for cycling and outdoor tourism; also its unique microclimate makes it ideal for outdoor sports. The small peninsula where the town can be found is surrounded by the ‘Laguna di Levante and the Laguna di Ponente, this in turn is defined by two strips of land: Feniglia and Giannella, where there are two beautiful beaches that plunge into the Tirreno sea. Orbetello which has a unique shape like a boat (or almond) is connected to monte Argentario by a causeway which was built in 1841. The appealing towns of Talamone, Fonteblanda, Ansedonia and Albinia are part of the district of Orbetello.
This bridge will be the final km of the race.

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GASTRONOMY
Co operativa di Pescatore.
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Tortelli maremmana
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Morellino di Scansano
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"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
    I think I’ll miss this one and do some work
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    If you want to look like a wine pro (appreciate this is only a minority of people since for most people that's synonymous with c*nt), next time someone default reaches for the sauvignon blanc, preferably from New Zealand, tell 'em to try the Vermentino - especially the stuff from round where the Giro is as it tends to be pretty floral and appley.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    More on point: 55kph winds forecast.

    Dunno which direction mind. No doubt 220km of pure headwind or something.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    If you want to look like a wine pro (appreciate this is only a minority of people since for most people that's synonymous with c*nt), next time someone default reaches for the sauvignon blanc, preferably from New Zealand, tell 'em to try the Vermentino - especially the stuff from round where the Giro is as it tends to be pretty floral and appley.

    Italian wines tend to be my white tipple of choice.

    Vermentino, Vernaccia, (also from Tuscany) Fiano, Falanghina, the list goes on.
    Great with fish or just a spot of antipasti.
    More on point: 55kph winds forecast.

    Dunno which direction mind. No doubt 220km of pure headwind or something.

    Will check, but there have been some rumours of a crosswinds on the coast..........

    Right, had a look and it's mainly a big tailwind.
    Touch and go at the finish. Either mostly tail, or, if we are lucky, a cross tailwind for the run in. Depends when the direction shifts from the NE to the NNE.

    Michelton have already tweeted about the wind.

    https://twitter.com/MitcheltonSCOTT/sta ... 2898046976
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 9,159
    Could be nervy - I don't think the break will be given much today if it's a tailwind. Looks like on the flat before the categorised climb it could be a bit crosswindy maybe? We can only hope.
    and then the next thing you know
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,152
    Will keep an eye out for the klaxon but otherwise likely to give this a miss other than the last few kms.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    Tailwind or not, there's a solo breakaway and 180kms left as Eurosport went live.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    Tailwind or not, there's a solo breakaway and 180kms left as Eurosport went live.

    :lol:

    Need all hands to the pump for when the echelons kick off.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    ♫ how slow, can you go ♫
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    Currently riding past this place at 10 minutes behind the slowest schedule.

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    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    So Thijs Zonneveld who has ridden the course says:

    65-50km out - crosstail wind. Then a million roundabouts into Grossetto, then a long open stretch full with crosstail wind.

    Then a hilly bit. At 20km you arrive at the coast and untill 15km it's open and full cross wind.

    tailwind then from 15-5km, then 5-2 crosswind, and then headwind in the final.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    That is very piano
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • ProssPross Posts: 22,152
    So Thijs Zonneveld who has ridden the course says:

    65-50km out - crosstail wind. Then a million roundabouts into Grossetto, then a long open stretch full with crosstail wind.

    Then a hilly bit. At 20km you arrive at the coast and untill 15km it's open and full cross wind.

    tailwind then from 15-5km, then 5-2 crosswind, and then headwind in the final.

    Let's hope he's right. Sounds perfect but who has got a team to exploit it?
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Pross wrote:

    Let's hope he's right. Sounds perfect but who has got a team to exploit it?

    Lotto looked thick thighed enough along with quickstep. Wouldn't discount Bora too
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    Get the klaxon reading.
    76kms out and things are definitely occurring.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    Alrite I'm up
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    Pozzovivo not looking concerned about anything at the back.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    And sure enough sunweb start drilling it.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    slowed up again.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    So looks like a monster tailwind atm.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    TGH has hit the deck.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    In the millions of roundabouts sections.

    Eurosport just go to a break when they turn a corner and Mitchelton accelerate...
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    The peloton back to riding in a square block.....
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    Slowed to nothing.

    Come on lads.

    Next opportunity at 20km to go now.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    This is almost as boring as Tour of Cali, last night.
    18kms left for things to change, but there doesn't seem to be much prep for crosswinds.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    Not gonna happen is it.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    Hatch working hard to amp it up.
  • timothywtimothyw Posts: 2,482
    Roglic is quite small isn't he? Hadn't occurred to me until I saw him in the pink jersey.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    carapaz with a bad timed mechanical at 8km to go.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
    Batalin down and out for Katusha.

    This is like an old school Giro stage. Tempo till the final 10km then f*cking balls out fast.
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