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Giro 2019: Stage 4: Orbetello - Frascati 235 km, *Spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,023
edited May 2019 in Pro race
Stage 4: Orbetello - Frascati 235 km
Tuesday, May 14th

START TIME: 11.15 CEST

FINISH TIME: ~17.15 CEST


Tuesday 14 May - At 235 kilometres, the long 4th stage of the Giro d'Italia travels from Orbetello to Frascati, a town just southeast of Rome. Following a race on rolling roads the last 5 kilometres slope at around 5%.

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There is only one categorized climb, Manciano (GPM4, 8 km at 3.7%), which is also the first difficulty of the day.
The first hill is crested and at kilometre 63 the riders reach the highest point of the day in Poggio Evangelista.

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The course continues in similar fashion across the countryside of the regions Tuscia and Lazio.
The Giro passes east of Rome to head for a promising finale. With 5 kilometres remaining the route descends to a final kick-up of 2 kilometres. The slope fluctuates around 4 to 5% while the steepest ramp sits at 7%.

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The 1998 Giro also included an Orbetello-Frascati stage. The race boiled down to a bunch sprint with Mario Cipollini taking the flowers. The Giro’s last visit in Frascati was in 2007 with another sprint: Robert Forster outgunned Thor Hushovd and Alessandro Petacchi.

Favourites 4th stage 2019 Giro d’Italia
*** Bob Jungels, Enrico Battaglin,
** Mattia Cattaneo, Diego Ulissi, Tony Gallopin
* Fernando Gaviria, Sacha Modolo, Jay McCarthy

FRASCATI
Population 22,450
Frascati is a city and comune in the Metropolitan City of Rome in the Lazio region of central Italy. It is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) south-east of Rome, on the Alban Hills close to the ancient city of Tusculum. Frascati is closely associated with science, being the location of several international scientific laboratories.
It is also known for the Cathedral, the Episcopal Palace, the Church “del Gesù” and the Aldobrandini Stables, now housing the City’s Archaeological Museum.

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GASTRONOMY
Typical products can be tasted in the famous “fraschettas”.

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Frascati is a wine city, producing Frascati Superiore and Cannellino (both DOCG) and the Frascati DOP.

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"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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  • Cheers Blazing Saddles. Always good to read these previews and learn something new (although I really should have already known that Lazio was a region of Italy) and work up an appetite/thirst.
  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 3,008
    Are these stages not quite long?
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,129
    I don't think that final is enough to see off some of the better climbers amongst the sprinters. Could see Gaviria or Demare hanging on to contest it.
  • andyp wrote:
    I don't think that final is enough to see off some of the better climbers amongst the sprinters. Could see Gaviria or Demare hanging on to contest it.

    Ewan likes an uphill finish.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,768 Lives Here
    andyp wrote:
    I don't think that final is enough to see off some of the better climbers amongst the sprinters. Could see Gaviria or Demare hanging on to contest it.

    Ewan likes an uphill finish.

    Surely his ridiculous position is even worse on an uphill?
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,774
    Another rider leaves the race

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    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,912
    Delete
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  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
    :lol: seemingly unusual.......
  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
    on the plus side this could be quite good today or a long transition
  • on the plus side this could be quite good today or a long transition

    I'm looking forward to it, think the parcours could produce an exciting stage.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,023
    on the plus side this could be quite good today or a long transition

    I'm looking forward to it, think the parcours could produce an exciting stage.

    Indeed.
    The kms preceding the finishing climb are fairly tough with some biting gradients.

    Matti Breschel abandons.
    Well, his season only usually lasts 3 or 4 weeks in Spring in any case.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,912

    Matti Breschel abandons.
    Well, his season only usually lasts 3 or 4 weeks in Spring in any case.
    I was surprised that he was still going when his named popped up on a results sheet recently
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Fair play to UAE.
    "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: 14,023
    I really don't like having this race chat on split screen with the race. Have one or the other, as both end up as just a distraction.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Lloyd and Roche talking watts is ok. The unwritten rules stuff is tired
    "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
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,761
    andyp wrote:
    I don't think that final is enough to see off some of the better climbers amongst the sprinters. Could see Gaviria or Demare hanging on to contest it.

    Ewan likes an uphill finish.

    Surely his ridiculous position is even worse on an uphill?

    Downhill would be amusing...
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,023
    Signs of life in the bunch and maybe even signs of a crosswind, not that a it's anywhere near klaxon time.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
    I'd have thought that even though there's a long way to go but those signs of life are probably necessary unless everyones happy with the break winning
  • alanparsonsalanparsons Posts: 529
    Must say I do like the presentation format on Eurosport UK.
    Good knowledgeable guests, engaging presenter and live interaction on social media. Saves the commentators from the dead space of talking for 5 hours and they are always ready to jump back into live pictures if anything dramatic happens.
    Also a bonus that they have packed Kirby off to California so we don't have to listen to his Bulls*it.
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,933
    14km to go and break of two under 50 seconds
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,023
    James Knox and Campenaerts hit the deck.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Knox crashed again
    "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: 14,023
    Break caught and it's starting to rain.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,023
    Huge crash at 6kms out.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,768 Lives Here
    looks like Katusha was mullered hard in that crash.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    You could feel that coming
    "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: 14,023
    Small group left. Roglic there, Landa, but no Yates, Nibali and Dumoulin has crashed!
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,768 Lives Here
    Big split.
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,933
    Roglic missed crash but Yates & Nibbles delayed
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,933
    and Tom been down
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