Giro 2024:-Stage 20: Alpago – Bassano del Grappa, 184.0k​m ***Spoilers***

blazing_saddles
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Stage 20: Alpago – Bassano del Grappa, 184.0k​m

May 25th.

Start Time: 10-40BST.

The penultimate stage of the Giro d'Italia is a mountanous test of 184 kilometres with start in Alpago and finish in Bassano del Grappa. Relatively flat opening at Lake Santa Croce, heading downhill to Vittorio Veneto and the Muro di Ca’ del Poggio, which leads into the Prosecco area. After crossing the Piave River, the route reaches the slopes of the brutal Monte Grappa. The race comes down to a double ascent up the brutal Monte Grappa and a long descent to the line. The climb of Monte Grappa winds with numerous bends and hairpin bends on a relatively narrow mountain road for over 18 km at an average gradient of 8% with peaks of up to 14%.

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final kilometres

The last 3 km wind through urban centres with straights and some connecting curves. A slight descent then leads into the final 350 m straight.

Alpago

Alpago is the gateway to the Belluno Dolomites: a unique territory stretching from Lake Santa Croce to the Cansiglio Forest. Here, among forests, water, mountains and hills, you will find tiny, picturesque villages, rich in history and hospitality.


Local Cusine

Alpago lamb: Alpago has given its name to an indigenous breed of sheep bred mainly for its excellent meat: tasty, firm and so tender that it flakes in the mouth. Contrary to expectations, it does not taste wild at all and pairs perfectly with local dishes such as corn and legume soup.

Bassano del Grappa

Surrounded by hills and favoured by a mild climate, Bassano del Grappa is a charming medieval town located in the Vicenza area. Strolling through the historical centre means diving into art: the streets are adorned with the works of authors such as Palladio, Canova, Jacopo Da Ponte, Marinali and Dall’Acqua. The city’s symbolic monument is the Old Bridge – built to a design by Palladio – which links its image to the epic deeds of the alpine troops in the Great War.


Local Cusine

Asparago bianco di Bassano DOP is harvested from March to June in the countryside between Bassano, Cassola and San Zeno; Bigoli and Broccolo di Bassano are the protagonists on the table along with extra virgin olive oil, produced in the Bassano foothills/hillside area.


Wine and other drinks

Bassano del Grappa, a historic reference point for the production of spirits, is included among the “Wine Cities” for its illustrious wine tradition, now included in the D.O.C. Breganze, excelling in the production of Torcolato, Vespaiolo, Bordeaux grapes and the traditional Marzemino for reds.











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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    There off in the p155ing rain .... Last gasp attacks

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Nairo

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Steinhauser on the move ..... Day feels ordained by the body language

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Nairo

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Lot of riders trying to slip away using knackered legs energy

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    10 riders in rain jackets down the road with little chance .... 6 billion km to go

    "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
  • JimD666
    JimD666 Posts: 2,085

    Looks like its starting to brighten up for them.

  • JimD666
    JimD666 Posts: 2,085

    Pog back at the Doc's car.......

  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,232

    Squirty gel leaving a sticky mess?

    I know the feeling if it was. 🤬

    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,210

    At the doctor's car he gestured in irritation at the sky, so my guess is, and the GCN commentary team are speculating the same, that a bird shat on him.

  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,232

    Confirmed as needing suncream.

    Knew it couldn't be serious as he was pedalling smoothly.

    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.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Infernal .,.... Zana first sign of GC weakness

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Faces UAE are pulling

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    The fox

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    That guy is lynchian

    "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
  • JimD666
    JimD666 Posts: 2,085

    Did I just see someone running after the riders holding a stuffed fox?

  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,968
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • JimD666
    JimD666 Posts: 2,085

    Never noticed before. Is there a reason it started or is it just "it's the Giro"

  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    How far from.thr top next time will.pog go?

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Bardiani making a good fist of it

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654
    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Top ten lower order reshuffle on the cards

    "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
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,446

    Is Pog going to chase this kid down again? Not making any inroads behind and they’re certainly trying

  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,446

    It’s no stuffed boar with its leg fallen off though.

  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,446

    Hope I’m wrong but I can see Geraint losing quite a bit of time today. He hasn’t looked comfortable on the climbs since week 1.

  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    UAE acceleration doing done damage

    "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
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,493

    Everyone other than UAE looks like they're just hanging on.

    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    I think when Rafael does his pull the time will tumblr

    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,654

    Pog needs a cushion for the downhill ...got to go reasonably earlier .

    "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