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Giro 2019, Stage 9: Riccione - San Marino 34.7 km ITT *Spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
edited May 2019 in Pro race
Stage 9: Riccione - San Marino 34.7 km ITT

Sunday, May 19th

START TIME: 13.15 CEST

FINISH TIME: ~17.15 CEST


The 9th stage of the Giro d'Italia is an individual time trial of 34.8 kilometres. Following the start in Riccione - on the Adriatic coast - the route is flat in the first half before two climbs are emblematic for the last 12 kilometres. The finish is in micro-state San Marino.

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The first 4 kilometres run along the coast and are as flat as can be. The course then turns inland and becomes a very gentle false flat. At kilometre 19.7 the riders enter San Marino and the road starts to point uphill at kilometre 22.6. A climb of 5.4 kilometres slopes at an average gradient of 6.7% before a rolling section leads to the final uphill.

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The last 2.2 kilometres to the line rise at 6.4%, while this section also includes a kick up of 500 metres at 9.4%.

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The finish line (5 m in width) sits on a 300 m long tarmacked home straight (slightly downhill over the last 50 m).

Favourites 9th stage 2019 Giro d’Italia
*** Primoz Roglic
** Simon Yates, Vincenzo Nibali, Miguel Ángel López
* Ion Izagirre, Bob Jungels, Bauke Mollema, Víctor de la Parte


RICCIONE

Situated on the Adriatic Riviera of Romagna, Riccione is one of the most famous seaside resorts on the Adriatic. A very rich show schedule with amazing events makes Riccione the undisputed destination for thousands of people with different targets, but everyone looking for originality and tips to get quality products. Performances, shows and festivals, concerts, cinema and theatre, the big sports events, the trendy shopping together with theme parks, clubs on the beach and on the hills, hang around with guests every month of the year.
Walking along the promenade is recommended in every season just to enjoy the big pedestrian zone overlooking the beach, full of green. The Art Nouveau style cottages are another valuable aspect of Riccione, as well as the Agolanti Castle overlooking the town from the hill or the beautiful Saviolina, the historic boat that is one of the symbols of the Riccione identity. Waiting for the sunset, sitting on the benches of the pier is a show that is not to be missed. Riccione is also the ideal place to visit the nearby Conca and Marecchia wide valleys, a territory with a beautiful landscape, rich of history, art and fortresses by the Malatesta Signoria.

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GASTRONOMY

Romagna is a land that can be defined even by its food flavours, well known all over the world. Piadina is here a benchmark: this symbol of the local cuisine is not to be missed on the table, and you should taste it hot together with raw ham and other cold cuts or spreading soft cheese on it, such as squacquerone or, a timeless classic, with anchovies.

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First courses are mostly made up of handmade pasta (tagliatelle, strozzapreti, ravioli, gnocchi, cappelletti), and then meat or fish, the latter as a real protagonist in the local cuisine, prepared according to tradition, but more and more often made with bright originality.


SAN MARINO (RSM)

The Republic of San Marino is a small open-air art museum. Walking through its old town feels like plunging in the Middle Ages and enjoying its timeless charm. Don’t miss out on the many artistic attractions: the Basilica of St. Marinus, the small St. Peter’s Church, St. Francis’ Church and its Museum, the State Museum and National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. San Marino’s cultural tradition and its values of authenticity, freedom and identity have remained unchanged over the centuries: this is why UNESCO listed the old towns of San Marino and Borgo Maggiore, along with Monte Titano, as World Heritage Sites.
The old-town centre is located on the top of Mount Titano, 750 m above sea level. The mighty medieval stone walls enclose the original settlement, it too built entirely of stone and closed to traffic. The old-town centre is criss-crossed by narrow streets lined with buildings and monuments. The three Fortresses at the top of the Mount give San Marino its best-known image and are linked by a path that runs along the entire ridge of the mountain. Inside the second Fortress is the museum of historical weapons. Located in the higher part of town is the Basilica del Santo where a number of institutional ceremonies are performed and the Church of San Pietro, with the beds of the Saints Marinus and Leo. The Church of San Francesco, dating back to the 14th century has an annexed art gallery. Not far away is the Church of the Cappuccini and the State Museum housed in the recently-restored Palazzo Pergami. Piazza della Libertà is the heart of the country’s institutional life. Here stands the Public Palace (1894), where the Great and General Council (the Parliament) sits. The Building was restored for the 1994 centenary by Gae Aulenti. The public can visit the room where the Parliament sits and admire the large fresco by the Roman artist Retrosi, dating back to the late-19th century. The San Marino National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art is hosted at the Logge dei Volontari (Volunteers’ Loggias), a wonderful building erected at the end of the 1930s and recently restored for this purpose. The Museum exhibits a selection of works of art from the Contemporary Art Collection of San Marino, which is formed by over a thousand pieces. Some of them were created by the most renowned Italian artists of the 20th century: Renato Guttuso, Emilio Vedova, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi, Corrado Cagli, Giuseppe Spagnulo, Enzo Mari, Luigi Ontani and others, together with the most distinguished local painters and sculptors.

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GASTRONOMY

The culinary traditions of San Marino are those of Romagna, with some influx from the Marche region, as close ties have always existed with Montefeltro. On San Marino tables, piadina and homemade pasta are never missing, nor are vegetables prepared in various ways.

San Marino food and wine products include extra-virgin olive oil, cheeses, meats, milk, wines and honey. All the products are guaranteed by a quality seal which identifies San Marino manufacturers through a single food certification mark called “Consorzio Terra di San Marino”.

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"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,262
    These thread openers are awesome, Saddles. Grazie mille.
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • archieboyarchieboy Posts: 809
    Excellent work yet again BS, cheers
  • petecopeteco Posts: 175
    Yes, thanks again. I am using these to persuade my wife that we should go to the Giro next year.

    Pete.
  • knedlickyknedlicky Posts: 3,097
    Riccione-2.jpg
    I'd guess Blazing Saddles' photo is from La Notta Rosa (Pink Night, 5 July this year) – one evening when, not just at Riccione but also other places in the area, there are outdoor evening concerts, buildings lit up pink, and pink fireworks at midnight, while, appropriately, lots of people dress up in pink too.

    Of Riccione, perhaps worth a mention are the bike hotels there. Bike hotels exist lots of places nowadays, but a group of hotels in Riccione, together with the president of the local cycling federation, seem to have been the initiator of the idea of providing low cost, early season holidays for cyclists, which include local cycling guides catering to different ability groups, bike maintenance, storage and rental, and food/meals/laundry specially orientated to cyclists.

    *

    The Novi Colli granfondo/sportive takes places today, with start/finish in Cesenatico (just up the coast from Riccione), with the longer route (205 km/3840 m) going into the hills just west of San Marino. On a couple of the main climbs of the granfondo, there will be a density of spectators matching that alongside parts of the TT route.
    A pity that both are on the same day, because even though the start was at 6 am, slower ones of the 12,000 participants may not get back to a TV in time to see more than the last riders in the TT.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
    The starting order for this ITT.

    https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/gi ... ting-order

    Most important start times:
    13.19 – Victor Campenaerts
    14.32 – Ion Izagirre
    15.02 – Tao Geoghegan Hart
    15.13 – Bob Jungels
    15.16 – Bauke Mollema
    15.22 – Rafal Majka
    15.25 – Miguel Ángel López
    15.28 – Vincenzo Nibali
    15.31 – Simon Yates
    15.37 – Davide Formolo
    15.40 – Primoz Roglic
    15.43 – Pello Bilbao
    15.46 – Sam Oomen
    15.49 – Andrey Amador
    16.13 – Valerio Conti
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Cheers for the start times.
    "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
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,609
    Campenaerts, first of the fast men, finishing soon. Even he sounded doubtful of a top 5 though.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,609
    Cheers for the start times.
    Local times BTW
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
    Bike change for Campenarts as he takes 2 and a half minutes out of our very own Scott Davies.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,609
    Until Campenaerts finishes we still have two Brits at the head of affairs.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,609
    Snooze for a couple of hours now.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
    Campenaerts has a plum role for Lotto. Seems his only job is to win ITTs.
    Leaves poor old TdG to do all the donkey work.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
    Lopez terrible at CP 1, but it is the flatest bit.
    Landa doing a Landa, too.

    I don't know why Eurosport don't just get rid of the race pictures and just do the talk show.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
    Nibali currently faster than Yates and Roglic not much quicker than either.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,507
    No one mentioned how terrible the weather is again.
    Great ride by Hugh Carthy.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,617 Lives Here
    Yates having a shocker
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Bit of a shocker for yates
    "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
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,465
    Ouch. That time's going to hurt. Not a good day for Yates.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • slim_boy_fatslim_boy_fat Posts: 1,808
    Over two minutes to Nibs!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
    With Yates and Punctureman Lopez losing 3 minutes, they will have to look to attack early and often when the mountains eventually arrive.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,057
    Did Yates have some kind of problem?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,617 Lives Here
    Oof Roglic superfast
  • slim_boy_fatslim_boy_fat Posts: 1,808
    Lordy!
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,465
    Well Roglic is going to take some beating this Giro then.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Campernarts must be fuming
    "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
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,609
    Those results are going to take some deciphering..
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
    A hammer blow from Roglic. Yates ships 3'-11" and Lopez almost 4'.
    All Campenaerts ends up with is a sore arse.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,005
    Haimar Bilbao on course again this year.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,617 Lives Here
    Campernarts must be fuming

    Lotto are fast becoming a joke.


    Remember Boonen was hired as a consultant?

    When asked why he stopped so soon:

    “They have way too many problems I can’t fix”
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Campernarts must be fuming

    Lotto are fast becoming a joke.


    Remember Boonen was hired as a consultant?

    When asked why he stopped so soon:

    “They have way too many problems I can’t fix”
    they are a strange mix .

    Nibali will be super dangerous in the third.
    "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
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