The one that is considered among the hardest climbs in Europe will be reached from the Goletto di Cadino, at an altitude of 2,000 meters: a stage with an altitude difference of 5,440 meters
Too demanding for the sprinters’ legs (with some exceptions), too little strategic for the ambitions of the big players (with some exceptions), the stages of the Giro d’Italia designed for stage hunters (usually long, treacherous, undulating) often give great results show. In the ascent along the peninsula from Sicily to the Alps – which will take place after the three-day Hungarian prologue – the 2022 edition of the Corsa Rosa will offer seven, one more interesting than the other. Putting them in a row, it is easy to understand that those aiming for the final pink jersey will have no time to relax.
198 kilometers long and placed at the end of the first week of racing, the Diamante-Potenza almost a mountain fraction with three Gpm over an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level and an overall difference in height (4,490 meters) that speaks for itself: upon arrival in the capital of Basilicata, the ranking will already be well defined. The Napoli-Napoli, with the highly undulating Procida circuit to be repeated five times, will offer perhaps the most original combination of the Giro 105: start and finish in a large metropolis but a track not designed for sprinters. The Pescara-Jesi (194 kilometers in the lands of Michele Scarponi) re-proposes the classic final sequence of Marche walls that cut off the legs of the sprinters while the Parma-Genoa (186 km) will unite Emilia-Romagna and Liguria with a completely banal thread: after the gradual ascent to Passo del Bocco and descent to Rapallo, Chiavari and Recco, the route deviates from the easy coast by choosing the climb to Mount Becco to head straight for Genoa.
The altimetry of the Santena-Torino has the trend of an electrocardiogram crazy (3,500 meters of altitude in just 158 kilometers around the Piedmontese capital) thanks also to the double, perfidious passage on Colle di Superga repeatedly experienced in the classic Gran Piemonte: at the finish in the heart of Turin the sprinters will not be in the front row. Straddling Friuli and Slovenia, the Marano Lagunare-Santuario di Castelmonte ends with a 7-kilometer climb which touch 14% and climbs on two unprecedented climbs such as the Tanamea Pass and Mount Kolovrat. Note the passages through Caporetto and Buja, the birthplace of Alessandro De Marchi, one of the heroes of the 2021 edition, two unforgettable days in the pink jersey in the name of Giulio Regeni.
At the puzzle of the Giro d’Italia number 105 (which between tomorrow and Thursday will be completed with the high mountain hamlets and the time trials on Italian soil) is added the anticipation of the profile of one of the most difficult and most awaited stages: Sal-Aprica, located at the end of the third week. At the center of the 200 kilometers of the route is the terrible Mortirolo, climbed from the Edolo / Monno side, but the novelty is that what is considered one of the hardest climbs in Europe will be reached from the Goletto di Cadino, at an altitude of 2,000 meters, last climbed almost 25 years ago, to then tackle the Santa Cristina before gliding over Aprica.
The total height difference (5,440 meters) among the highest ever reached by a stage of the pink race. Sal-Aprica will be the stage of wine: it is dedicated to Sforzato di Valtellina, a Nebbiolo of great quality.
November 10, 2021 (change November 10, 2021 | 07:26 am)
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