Giro 2021:- Stage 12: Siena – Bagno di Romagna 212 km **Spoilers**
Stage 12: Siena – Bagno di Romagna 212 kmThursday, May 20th, 11.20 CEST
A very tough "medium" mountain stage, across the Apennines. Starting in Siena and crossing the Chianti region all the way to Florence. The route passes through Ponte a Ema [Birthplace of Bartali], Florence and Sesto Fiorentino [Alfredo Martini].
The route takes in a vertical gain of 3,700 metres, most of it is served in the second half of the stage. The riders will negotiate a succession of ascents: Monte Morello (with peaks exceeding 15%), Passo della Consuma (avg. 6% gradient), Passo della Calla (avg. 5% gradient) and Passo del Carnaio, featuring some challenging bits with gradients up to 14%, followed by a technical descent leading to the final 5 km.
Starting from 3,500 m from the finish, the last kilometres either descend, or are a false flat up. The route drops down quickly on wide roads, with several curves and hairpins, and briefly touches the centre of San Piero in Bagno. The final kilometres are dotted with roundabouts. The stage homes in on tarmac road.
What to expect:
The parcour seems perfect to establish a quality group for the peloton to chase. However given what we have already seen, this is by no means a certainty. Much will depend on how the riders are feeling after the previous day's racing. We could well end up with several groups on the road. As the finale is not extremely demanding, I suspect this one will go to someone from a large breakaway.
Good descenders can put their talents to good use in a 6 kilometres downhill before the last 3 kilometres are a false flat drag to the line.
Favourites 12th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia
*** Bauke Mollema, Fausto Masnada, Gino Mäder, George Bennett
** Davide Formolo, Diego Ulissi, Pello Bilbao, Alessandro De Marchi, Felix Großschartner
* Matteo Fabbro, Thomas de Gendt, Joao Almeida, Jan Tratnik, Simon Carr
Siena has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995, owing to its well-preserved mediaeval structure.The main square, Piazza del Campo, is the mandatory starting point to describe the city. The square has a unique shell shape, and gently slopes towards the centre. This is where the famous Palio takes place.
Panforte di Siena is a traditional Italian dessert also known as Siena cake. The modern panforte variety is made with nuts, dried fruit, and a generous amount of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Bagno di Romagna
Bagno di Romagna, in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, is a millenary village, famous for its thermal waters since Roman times and gateway to the Foreste Casentinesi National Park.
In Bagno di Romagna, the gastronomy of Romagna (famous all over the world for its fresh pasta, from lasagne to tagliatelle, from passatelli to tortellini and ravioli. The basis of the most distinctive dishes are local and seasonal products: porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, white and black truffles, sausages and hams, game, honey and handmade chocolate, mature or fresh cheeses. Among the latter, of particular note is Raviggiolo DOP, a sublime soft white raw cheese, to be enjoyed very fresh.
Among the creations in the kitchen, tasty is the chestnut, bean and potato soup; unique are the basotti, special tagliolini au gratin; ingenious, economical and distinctive is the unique dish of tortelli nella lastra, filled with herbs or potatoes; as well as the focaccia bagnese, the castagnaccio, the lattaiolo, all worth trying.
The Savio Valley, which from Monte Fumaiolo, where the river rises, widens towards Bagno di Romagna and stretches as far as Cesena before flowing into the Adriatic Sea near Ravenna, presents a splendid landscape, which, starting from the mountains and the rugged gullies, gradually gives way to gentle hills, furrowed by crops and vineyards that produce wines of the highest quality. In particular, at Mercato Saraceno, where it is possible to take a tasting tour of the local wine cellars.
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