Giro 2021:- Stage 4: Piacenza – Sestola 186 km **Spoilers**

blazing_saddles
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edited May 2021 in Pro race
Stage 4: Piacenza – Sestola 186 km

Tuesday, May 11th, 12.05 CEST


Starting from Piacenza, the riders will head south-east, initially following the Via Emilia until Parma and then heading into the Appennines, after 75 kilometres.



Beginning with a gentle ascent to the intermediate sprint of Canossa, the road then heads upwards to Rossena, where the serious climbing begins.



Technical Info:
A very demanding medium mountain stage with potential GC implications, the route takes in a brace of ascents (including two categorised climbs: Castello di Carpineti GPM3, 3.5 km at 8.6% and Montemolino GPM3, 8.6 km at 5.7%), with gradients exceeding 10% at points, on relatively narrow roads.





At 24 km to go another climb starts, uncategorized: Montecreto (3.7 km at 7.8%). Past Montecreto and Fanano, the route takes in the Colle Passerino climb, which ends at 2 km out.



Final kilometres
The last 6 km are very demanding. Starting in Fanano, the Colle Passerino climb runs on narrow roadway, with gradients exceeding 10% over extended stretches, and lengthy peaks topping out at 13-14%. At the ‑2 km mark, the road descends for approx. 800 metres and then rises again with easy gradients. The route undulates to the finish, which is on tarmac.



What to expect:
Stage four is the first of the mountain stages and features 3000 metres of climbing to Sestola. With up and down terrain for the final 100km, the race may be difficult for the peloton to control and we will most likely see a string of attacks. The final ascent, the Colle Passerino, is 4.3km and at a very tough gradient of 9.5%.
If all this wasn't hard enough, so early in the race, the weather is forecast to be very wet, which will make the many descents extremely testing.
So, I think this is a stage for the hunter/chancer, with the GC favourites probably opting for safety first. However, after state of play after stage 3, there are few obvious suspect far enough down on GC.

Favourites 4th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

***** Thomas De Gendt,
**** Simon Carr, Felix Großschartner, Jan Tratnik
*** Kobe Goossens, Pello Bilbao, Davide Formolo, Bauke Mollema, Romain Bardet
** Simon Yates, Remco Evenepoel, João Almeida
* Matthias Brändle, Giovanni Visconti

Piacenza
Located at the junction of four different regions, on the southern bank of the river Po, the city is the gate of Emilia, surrounded by the hills and mountains of the Apennines. The heart of the historical town lies in its main square.



Piacenza can also boast excellent DOP products, certified for their quality and area of origin; two kinds of cheese, Grana Padano and Provolone Valpadana, along with three types of cured meat: pancetta, coppa and salame.



Sestola
Sestola, a renowned winter tourist resort that is easily accessible from Modena, Pistoia and Bologna. The municipal area beyond Lake Ninfa and Passo del Lupo is part of the High Modenese Apennine Regional Park.



You cannot leave without having tasted the traditional speciality “crescentine”, better known as “tigelle” from the name of the ancient tool used to cook it. Crescentine are served with lard and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese which is made by local creameries.



Lambrusco is certainly the typical wine of excellence of our territory. A red with a strong character but that knows how to enclose the traditions of the Emilian grape varieties.








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  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,177
    The second most expensive taxi journey I've ever taken was from Parma to Piacenza. Taxi driver missed the exit at Piacenza and we had to do an additional 40 kms up to the next junction and back.
  • jimmyjams
    jimmyjams Posts: 750


    early in the race, the weather is forecast to be very wet, which will make the many descents extremely testing.

    Not just rain but a moderate easterly wind (therefore headwind) with strong gusts is forecast – might deter any small-sized breaks during the first 60 kms along the exposed flat roads of the Po valley, till after Parma, when they turn to the SE and eventually into the hills.
  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,359
    So why would this stage be considered one for the climby break and not for secondary GC people (as based off the favourites mentioned above). No offense, just trying to figure out how rider's designate "what they go for" prior to the GT. The stage following is a sprint stage again, so no real reason to take it easy for the GC boys- Those looking to keep their powder dry for the third week maybe, but certainly seems like something the secondary GC rider's can go for and get some days in pink.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,945
    m.r.m. said:

    So why would this stage be considered one for the climby break and not for secondary GC people (as based off the favourites mentioned above). No offense, just trying to figure out how rider's designate "what they go for" prior to the GT. The stage following is a sprint stage again, so no real reason to take it easy for the GC boys- Those looking to keep their powder dry for the third week maybe, but certainly seems like something the secondary GC rider's can go for and get some days in pink.

    Tbh, I haven't a clue how things will play out tomorrow, simply because so many riders are still too close in the GC to be allowed up the road.
    So it's a question of who gets in the break, as to whether Ineos or another team is obliged to chase, resulting in a GC scuffle.
    So hard to call.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,945
    andyp said:

    The second most expensive taxi journey I've ever taken was from Parma to Piacenza. Taxi driver missed the exit at Piacenza and we had to do an additional 40 kms up to the next junction and back.

    Did the driver have a white stick?
    That's pretty hard to do.
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,528
    There's not many riders more than 3 minutes down who can climb, and also wouldn't be expected to help a gc contender. De Gendt is definitely one, the others might need to stick with their leaders.

    Another interesting day, it could be the first gc day almost by default.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,039
    edited May 2021

    andyp said:

    The second most expensive taxi journey I've ever taken was from Parma to Piacenza. Taxi driver missed the exit at Piacenza and we had to do an additional 40 kms up to the next junction and back.

    Did the driver have a white stick?
    That's pretty hard to do.
    Depends on the motivation and objective. 😉 Oopsie! Ah well....while the meter keeps on ticking. That said, we were cut off by someone cutting across all lanes to an exit at the last second outside Milan. Said driver was a nun!
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,763
    Saw this on twitter - Wiggins and BriSmithy ready for today's stage.
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  • Wheelspinner
    Wheelspinner Posts: 6,583

    Saw this on twitter - Wiggins and BriSmithy ready for today's stage.

    Seriously, is Brad on the ciggies??
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,130

    Saw this on twitter - Wiggins and BriSmithy ready for today's stage.

    Seriously, is Brad on the ciggies??
    Apparently so but also seems to be training for a triathlon. Looks far healthier than he did in his prime though ironically.
  • Mad_Malx
    Mad_Malx Posts: 5,021

    Saw this on twitter - Wiggins and BriSmithy ready for today's stage.

    Are they doing shanties too?
  • phreak
    phreak Posts: 2,919

    Saw this on twitter - Wiggins and BriSmithy ready for today's stage.

    Is Smith turning into Wayne Lineker?
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,805

    Saw this on twitter - Wiggins and BriSmithy ready for today's stage.

    Seriously, is Brad on the ciggies??
    There are lots of palm trees in the subtropical city of Bath, Somerset.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,130
    orraloon said:

    Saw this on twitter - Wiggins and BriSmithy ready for today's stage.

    Seriously, is Brad on the ciggies??
    There are lots of palm trees in the subtropical city of Bath, Somerset.
    I was confused by that as Wiggins had put something from a run in Bath on his Instagram feed.
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 7,010
    orraloon said:

    Saw this on twitter - Wiggins and BriSmithy ready for today's stage.

    Seriously, is Brad on the ciggies??
    There are lots of palm trees in the subtropical city of Bath, Somerset.
    I was going to say something similar.
    Some gullible folk on tw@tter if they think that's a recent picture.

  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,805
    For the avoidance of credulity, GCN are Bath based, which is where Smith, Wiggins, Chennaoui et al are commentating from.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,945
    Terrible conditions effecting the live coverage, not that the race has started yet.
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,528
    Hermans and Campenaerts broke away before the pictures broke away.

    Anyone see who was trying to join?
  • commuterlegs
    commuterlegs Posts: 271
    Weather looks disgusting, looks like one for TDG.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,528
    Albanese desperate to get across.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,945

    Albanese desperate to get across.

    Is that him or just a random Kometa rider?
    It's so hard to tell.

    You would think it never rained in Italy.
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  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,763
    Yes it's not actually Brad and Bri it was someone thought it was an amusing lookalike !
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  • jimmyjams
    jimmyjams Posts: 750

    Albanese desperate to get across.

    Is that him or just a random Kometa rider?
    It's so hard to tell.

    You would think it never rained in Italy.
    I think it was Albanese - he needs to pick up a few mountain points today to make sure he keeps the jersey. There are about twice as many points going today as he now has, so someone in a lasting break without him could easily overhaul him.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,528

    Albanese desperate to get across.

    Is that him or just a random Kometa rider?
    It's so hard to tell.

    You would think it never rained in Italy.
    I thought I saw the Giro logo on his sleeves, and I don't think he had the green flash on his sleeves. But I think they probably all had a go to be honest.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,528
    edited May 2021
    This seems to be a harder first half hour than they'd have wanted.

    Looks like that's it though, an Ineos rider in the new break, one Eolo (not Albanese), don't know who else.
  • commuterlegs
    commuterlegs Posts: 271
    Just when it looked like it was calming down it kicks off again. The GC riders must be hating this.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,528
    Is that 14 away? 12 plus the original 2
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460

    Is that 14 away? 12 plus the original 2

    PCS think there's a 7 man group ahead of the 12, but no clues who.

    Finish is tipping down, 8C and 40kmh wind. Nasty.
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,528

    Is that 14 away? 12 plus the original 2

    PCS says 12 plus the previous 7 plus the original 2. If so, that could stick.
  • jimmyjams
    jimmyjams Posts: 750
    Tratnik and De Marchi in the break - possible stage winners?