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Giro 2020 - Stage 15: Rivolto – Piancavallo 185 km *Spoilers*

Stage 15: Rivolto – Piancavallo 185 km
Sunday, October 18th, 10:05 BST

The 15th stage will set off from the Rivolto Air Base to honour the 60th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori. This aerobatic squad gave air-shows in the the Giro’s of 2009 and 2014. In 2017, Mikel Landa soloed to victory in Piancavallo, while maglia rosa Tom Dumoulin succumbed to repeated attacks and Nairo Quintana moved into the race lead.



The battle for pink takes it up a notch on stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia, as the second week of action concludes with a race over three intermediate climbs before an uphill finish in Piancavallo. The finale of the Giro's 15th is a 15.5 kilometres climb at 7.3%.



The first part of the race is relatively flat and it’s only after approximately 50 kilometres that the first climb appears. The Sella Chianzutan is a steady test of 10.6 kilometres with an average gradient of 5.4%. If the break of the day is not yet settled, this climb will definitely decide its composition.



The riders descend towards the Forcella di Monte Rest, which is preceded by a 3 kilometres uphill at 6.7%. Following a short downhill the road rises for 7.4 kilometres at 7.5% to an elevation of 1,050 metres.



The following descent then leads into a 12 km long valley before the road goes up again to the easiest climb of the day: The Forcella di Pala Barzana serves as penultimate ascent in the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia. It’s 13.3 kilometres in length and the average gradient sits at 4.4%. This is biased statistic, as the climb is very irregular. The last 4 kilometres go up at 7.4% before the riders fly down a 27 kilometres descent into Aviano.



Aviano lies at the base of the finish climb to Piancavallo. Used only three times in the Giro, the first in 1998 won by Pantani, and the last in 2017 won by Landa. In between, it was the first climb in the Gardeccia 2011 stage.



The ascent kicks in hard, as the first 6 kilometres slope at 9.4%. The sixth kilometre even serves an intimidating average gradient of 11.6%. The climb continues to be merciless until kilometre 9 before the gradients become more mellow. The last 5 kilometres are relatively easy.



The 500 metres before the flamme rouge are flat and the final kilometre into the ski resort is a false flat.





Base Aerea Rivolto (Frecce Tricolori)

On 18th October 2020, for the first time in the history of the bike race Giro d’Italia, a stage will start from a military airport, which is Rivolto airbase (UD), home of the 2nd Wing of Italian Air Force and Frecce Tricolori since their establishment in 1961.



Piancavallo

Piancavallo is a ski resort in the Dolomites of northern Italy. It is a frazione of the comune of Aviano, in the province of Pordenone in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Piancavallo is situated at 1,280 metres (4,199 ft) above sea level, at the foot of Monte Cavallo (2,251 m (7,385 ft)). Piancavallo, part of the municipality of Aviano (PN), is a landmark for winter sports and a nice place for a summer holiday too.












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  • ProssPross Posts: 23,795
    Do they not eat and drink in that part of the world? 😉
  • ProssPross Posts: 23,795
    Weird climbs on this stage, doesn't go as high as I'd have thought either.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 15,651
    Pross said:

    Do they not eat and drink in that part of the world? 😉

    I looked and looked but off piste it's basically Italian canteen food in Pianccavllo and it's definitely canteen food at the airbase.

    The rest of the race is OK but the pressure is on now for the rest day.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,358
    edited 17 October
    In related news, waitrose* now does packets of proper Guanciale so my Carbonara can be fully authentic. I am unreasonably excited by this.

    *(it is possible that it is more accurate to say 'the Waitrose's in Cornwall have finally been stocked with... )
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,888
    edited 17 October
    ddraver said:

    In related news, waitrose* now does packets of proper Guanciale so my Carbonara can be fully authentic. I am unreasonably excited by this.

    *(it is possible that it is more accurate to say 'the Waitrose's in Cornwall have finally been stocked with... )


    Personally I switch to chorizo. Not authentic I know, but I like it more.

    I make paella with chorizo too, I don't care.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,358
    edited 17 October
    Yo, 2 of my spanish (Castellón) friends made me a Paella with Chorizo in it so as far as I'm concerned you and Jamie Oliver are fine.

    In Carbonara tho? I'm gonna get Friebe to block you from the Cycling Podcast
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,888
    ddraver said:

    Yo, 2 of my spanish (Castellón) friends made me a Paella with Chorizo in it so as far as I'm concerned you and Jamie Oliver are fine.

    In Carbonara tho? I'm gonna get Friebe to block you from the Cycling Podcast

    What can I say? I just make food I want to eat.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,358
    I bet you put cream in it too...

    This is worse than Not a Doc with the Duchesse.
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,888
    edited 17 October
    ddraver said:

    I bet you put cream in it too...

    Cream in what? A carbonara? Pepper, Pig, egg, cheese and that's it.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,025 Lives Here
    Pre corona I had planned to be at this stage as I had a wedding in pordenone the day before.

    ☹️
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,358
    RichN95. said:

    ddraver said:

    I bet you put cream in it too...

    Cream in what? A carbonara? Pepper, Pig, egg, cheese and that's it.
    Ok, well that's a start. Try it with the Guanciale if you have a Waitrose nearby. The fat content is just...

    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,888
    ddraver said:


    Ok, well that's a start. Try it with the Guanciale if you have a Waitrose nearby. The fat content is just...

    Waitrose is on the outskirts. I can get great Guanicale in town but for me Carbonara is a 'what have you in the fridge' dish rather than a show stopper.
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  • ProssPross Posts: 23,795
    RichN95. said:

    ddraver said:

    I bet you put cream in it too...

    Cream in what? A carbonara? Pepper, Pig, egg, cheese and that's it.
    Peppa Pig?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,888
    edited 17 October
    Pross said:

    RichN95. said:

    ddraver said:

    I bet you put cream in it too...

    Cream in what? A carbonara? Pepper, Pig, egg, cheese and that's it.
    Peppa Pig?

    I'm glad someone noticed my little joke
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,025 Lives Here
    ^ great post
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 15,651
    But sadly lacking in these.
















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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,945
    ddraver said:

    I bet you put cream in it too...

    This is worse than Not a Doc with the Duchesse.

    Your aversion to one of the Flanders classic beers has been noted. RVV were informed, and they have banned you from watching any of the Flanders Classics portfolio of races https://www.flandersclassics.be/en until you've undergone mandatory re-education.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,358
    It just tastes like...baaaad wine...

    ;)
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    - @ddraver
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,409
    So who is going to win the giro?

    I am feeling wilco
    "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
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 11,316
    Dunno, thinking about San Daniele ham now.
  • ProssPross Posts: 23,795
    It's an interesting one as aside from Nibali there's no-one who has quite done it over 3 weeks. I'd like Kelderman to win and after yesterday he's probably favourite but I wouldn't be surprised in the year of the kids if Almeida holds on. Until yesterday I would have said Bilbao. Would like to see Tao challenge the podium but I'm not sure he can make up time in the high mountains.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,003
    Pozzo looks strong but I guess being 37 and never having really challenged to win a GT (someone will now tell me he was 2nd in the 2009 Vuelta or something) it's hard to believe he can sustain it.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 15,651
    Battling hard to get into the break, but so far it's not happening.
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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,409
    This coverage is going to get confusing on a smart phone
    "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: 8,409
    Sunweb sticking a man on the front
    "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: 23,795
    edited 18 October
    Anything happening or just stick with the Ronde?
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,409
    Stay on the ronde for now
    "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: 8,409
    Sunweb looking menacing
    "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
  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,336
    That is a beautiful climb
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