Giro 2021:- Stage 15: Grado – Gorizia 147 km **Spoilers**
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Stage 15: Grado – Gorizia 147 kmSunday, May 23rd, 13.15 CEST
On this stage the Giro breaks quarantine and crosses the border into the land of cycling's new superstars.
A short stage with a cross-border circuit between Italy and Slovenia of approx. 40 km. The route begins flat, all the way to Sagrado, and then clears the Monte San Michele climb. Starting in Mossa, the circuit features three passes over the steep, 2 km long Gornje Cerovo climb (GPM4, 1.7 km at 8.5% each time awarding KOM points), and a succession of tough climbs and descents. After the third lap, the route goes back to Italy through San Floriano del Collio, passes north of Gorizia and crosses the border again, passing through Nova Gorica.
Gornje Cerovo: GPM4, 1.7 km at 8.5%
The last 5 km are raced partly in Slovenia and partly in Italy. Past Piazza Europa (trg Evrope), the route ascends for nearly 1 km at 14% max. gradients, and then takes a technical descent leading back to Italy. Over the final kilometre, the route covers a short stretch on stone pavers. The home straight is 300 m long, on tarmac road.
What to expect:
Should be too hard for the remaing sprinters, but not hard enough for GC contenders. So the most likely scenario sees one of the breakaway being successful. Expect the breakaway to consist of riders who tried, but failed, yesterday.
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* Matteo Fabbro, Michael Storer, Jan Tratnik, Larry Warbasse, Patrick Bevin, Chris Hamilton
Grado in Friuli Venezia Giulia is one of Italy’s most historically rich seaside towns and lies in the middle of the northernmost of the Adriatic Sea’s lagoons. The town is internationally known as a thermal bath centre as well as a prestigious seaside destination, which developed in the late 19th century. The urban grid has remained almost unchanged over time, the typical appearance of an Upper Adriatic seaside village.
The most famous gradese dish, is ‘Boreto a la graisana’, an ancient and unique fish soup, accompanied by white corn polenta. It's not a "pretty" dish.
A characteristic drink of Grado is Santonego, a special alcoholic infusion of marine absinthe (Artemisia coerulescens), a perennial aromatic lagoon plant. An intoxicating grappa-based elixir containing in its dry aftertaste with a bitter ending, it can also be enjoyed with oysters and chocolate.
Nestled between plains and mountains, in the extreme northeast of Italy, Gorizia also has a lot of history and an important past to tell. Also known as the “Nice of Austria”, for its mild climate and the elegance of the views that unfold from its centre at the foot of the medieval castle hill, Gorizia was at the heart of the tragic events of the First and Second World Wars, but today finds its identity as a city of culture, gastronomy, and multiculturalism.
The cusine of Gorizia is characterized by hearty dishes but, at the same time, it is refined and rich in peculiarities, which are able to fascinate even the most demanding palates.
Among the most original dishes of the area, one finds certainly Gorizia’s gnocchi, stuffed with plums, and which, despite their markedly sweet taste, are considered to all intents and purposes a first course.
The “gubana” from Gorizia, with its delicate puff pastry and dried fruit filling, or the traditional “strucolo in straza”, in its many variations, jealously guarded by every family, are the best way to end a meal on a sweet note.
The vineyards around Gorizia also produce the magnificent Friulano – which enthusiasts cannot but continue to call Tocai -, in addition to the various Sauvignons, Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Cabernet.
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Breakaway guys upset
Not clear what caused the crash.
Neutralisation possibly due to availability of medical cars
Bit of wind on this section, tailwind here but could get spicy later
Berhane and Van Emden too.
Buchmann, Berhane and Van Emden abandon
Doesn't look comfy.
Have to say the Giro did a better job of stopping the race than the ASO, when Cancellara was involved in that mass pile up.
Can’t be long before he abandons
One of the crashes that you kinda of wish they had caught on camera just to find out what happened, if only they din't overdo it with the replays afterwards
Theyve had Wiggins in for commentary which is another nice touch, talking about racing with Nibali.