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Giro 2020 - Stage 8: Giovinazzo – Vieste 200 km *Spoiler*

Stage 8: Giovinazzo – Vieste 200 km
Saturday, October 10th, 10:25 BST

Mostly running along the Adriatic coast, the 9th stage of the Giro d'Italia serves a 200 kilometres route from Giovinazzo to Vieste. From Giovinazzo the riders will go north, following the coastline for 90 km towards the first intermediate sprint in Manfredonia. There, they will enter the Gargano peninsula.



Flat roads in the first half lead onto a more hilly profile in the second half. A local circuit with a double digit ramp with 10 kilometres out serves as finale. Once the riders reach the finishing town of Vieste they will enter a 15 km circuit to be repeated twice.



The Monte Sant’Angelo is the first obstacle, which is an ascent of 8.7 kilometres with an average gradient of 6.6%.



A gradual descent of almost 20 kilometres leads back to the coast and until the Coppa Santa Tecla appears the road goes either up or down. The Coppa Santa Tecla slopes 3 kilometres at 6% before it flattens out. The summit is crested with almost 50 kilometres remaining.
After the descent, the next little climb is categorized, La Guardiola (GPM4, 1.4 km at 5.6%).



Just after moving through Vieste for the first time, the Giro turns inland again to tackle a 14.5 kilometres loop which features a sharp climb on the Via Saragat – 1 kilometre long and with ramps up to 17%. It tops out at 10 km to go, mostly descending false flats.





There are two intermediate sprints – at kilometre 90.3 and kilometre 185.5.

The breakaway could be successful, although other viable options are a late attack or a sprint of a reduced peloton or select group. In other words, pretty much any scenario the average follower of road racing can think of.

Giovinazzo

Fascinating seaside village with an ancient heart, with the dolmen of San Silvestro, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the most delightful medieval villages located on the Adriatic.
With its characteristic marina and the splendid fortified promenade with a walkway over the sea, it offers clean beaches and, at dusk, lights up with locals.




Food

Among the dishes to savor in this beautiful city we find: the famous “pizzella” the delicious “brasciole” and the typical “favetta with chicory” as well as many other delicious dishes.



Vieste (Gargano)

It is the easternmost municipality of the Gargano promontory and of the province of Foggia. The particular urban location of Vieste is linked to the karst nature of the Garganico Promontory. The numerous archaeological sites and finds found in different areas attest to the population of the territory of Vieste since the Paleolithic era.
At the entrance of the village, on the ‘Castello’ beach, south of the town, stands a white limestone monolith, almost 25 meters high, called Pizzomunno, almost the symbol of the Gargano town, almost to guard Vieste.






Food

The most characteristic culinary products include troccoli with stuffed cuttlefish sauce,
stuffed aubergines, fish soup (ciambott),



k’lustr (fried and covered Christmas sweets covered with honey and almonds), calzungidd (stuffed desserts) of chickpea and cocoa paste), the castaggnedd (biscuits with almonds and cocoa), the mustazzul (biscuits with cooked wine and cloves), the (biscuits with sugar glaze,) the chickpea jam, the pettole, troccoli, dried tomatoes in oil, orecchiette with turnip tops and taralli with fennel and white wine.



Some traditional local cheeses [13] are made with Podolica cow’s milk.

Another important and characteristic product of the Viennese territory is extra virgin olive oil which is produced in good quantity and excellent quality.












"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 23,756
    Love the way it appears, from the profile, that they decided to categorise one of the numerous small climbs in the second half of the race at random. I'm guessing they picked that one due to the short, steep ramp.
  • john_wrjohn_wr Posts: 50
    Last year whilst touring Italy I drove along the full length of Stage 8, so these are my impressions of the route.Unless some money has been spent on the infrastructure, the riders are in for a rough ride. The road as far as Manfredonia has very varied surfacing, rough in places and smooth in others. The patching does not help. Some of the distance is on an embankment above the salt pans and the approach to Manfredonia is very bumpy and poor. I do hope loose bidons do not have an influence on the race.

    After Manfredonia the road is very lumpy with many twists and turns. I hope the weather is dry as much of the road is surfaced with a tarmac which resists heat expansion. As I drove this section in wet weather I found the grip available very poor and braking was unstable. There are some beautiful views of the coast.

    I hope all goes well.

    John

  • andypandyp Posts: 8,269
    Simon Yates positive for Covid-19 and, obviously, won't start this morning.

    I wish him a quick and full recovery.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 10,657
    That explains his form.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,863
    Let's hope he's not passed it to any other riders or teams.
    Giro might not get much further if it has spread.
  • gweedsgweeds Posts: 2,182
    Damn. Is that the first in-race positive since racing started up again?
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 25,075
    gweeds said:

    Damn. Is that the first in-race positive since racing started up again?

    Yeah, that gives you an idea of the different lifestyle between footballers and cyclists
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 11,261
    Unfortunately, I don't think riding hard just before developing symptoms will have done him any favours. Really hope he comes through it ok.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,001 Lives Here
    Preoccupied today so if someone could let me know if it’s worth watching in retrospect by sticking a @rick_chasey post that’d be very well received
  • Kauto5Kauto5 Posts: 52
    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?
  • ProssPross Posts: 23,756
    Kauto5 said:

    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?

    I don't think it would be a good idea even if he can.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 15,618
    Pross said:

    Kauto5 said:

    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?

    I don't think it would be a good idea even if he can.
    Donald Trump would probably think it's a great idea.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,565

    Pross said:

    Kauto5 said:

    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?

    I don't think it would be a good idea even if he can.
    Donald Trump would probably think it's a great idea.
    Donald Trump probably thinks he would win it.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,643
    pblakeney said:

    Pross said:

    Kauto5 said:

    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?

    I don't think it would be a good idea even if he can.
    Donald Trump would probably think it's a great idea.
    Donald Trump probably thinks he would win it.
    Covid gives you super powers from God
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 11,261

    Pross said:

    Kauto5 said:

    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?

    I don't think it would be a good idea even if he can.
    Donald Trump would probably think it's a great idea.
    Trump would give him a Tue for some steroids and put him back on. Could win the Giro.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,841
    pblakeney said:

    Pross said:

    Kauto5 said:

    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?

    I don't think it would be a good idea even if he can.
    Donald Trump would probably think it's a great idea.
    Donald Trump probably thinks he would win it.

    Of course he would. Only the greats get a big race named after them - Coppi, Bartali, Indurain, Trump.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • 50x1150x11 Posts: 270
    edited 10 October
    111111
  • Kauto5Kauto5 Posts: 52
    Pross said:

    Kauto5 said:

    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?

    I don't think it would be a good idea even if he can.
    You're probably right, but if he tested negative in 10 days and wanted to start, would they be able to prevent it?
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 11,261
    Kauto5 said:

    Pross said:

    Kauto5 said:

    How long does he have to quarantine for? Will he be able to start the vuelta instead?

    I don't think it would be a good idea even if he can.
    You're probably right, but if he tested negative in 10 days and wanted to start, would they be able to prevent it?
    Think it might be 14 days in Spain
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,394
    andyp said:

    Simon Yates positive for Covid-19 and, obviously, won't start this morning.

    I wish him a quick and full recovery.

    Explains a lot .. ouffff . Best of luck to all in contact too .

    Crossing fingers
    "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
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,394
    edited 10 October
    Htf do you post images on a Android phones
    "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
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,394
    edited 10 October
    image

    Meanwhile in Washington
    "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: 15,618
    Looking good for the breakaway atm as they have over 10 minutes.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,863
    Peloton showing no signs of being interested in pulling them back atm.
    Bora having a strop and refusing to do any work only to get beaten again.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,863
    Fulsang mechanical on descent, chasing back on.
    79 kms to go...

    Break still have 10 mins+
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,451
    Fuglsang has got a job to catch up 1:00 behind the peleton.

    Watching S4C, listening to Mahler.

    Possibility of a Brit stage win today, so @rick_chasey won't be keen to tune in.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,863
    Suggestion Nibali is driving the peloton to make it hard for Fulsang to get back.....

    He wouldn't do that now would he?!!!!!!
  • mrfpbmrfpb Posts: 4,451
    Giro coverage is not good at telling you which bit of the race your looking at.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 15,618
    Nibali is finally done with stressing everybody out.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ProssPross Posts: 23,756
    Can't remember Puccio ever being so visible in a race. He'll probably be wishing they could go into all GTs without a GC contender.
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