The riders roll down the start ramp in Bologna’s centre. The riders move through the town before tackling the Colle della Guardia. The 2 kilometres hill is averaging 11%, while its steepest ramps are 18%. The finish is near the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca, a basilica church that is overlooking the historical centre of the city.
The Colle della Guardia is often included in the finale of the Giro dell’Emilia. Recent winners of the race are Giovanni Visconti (2017) and Esteban Chaves (2016). The Giro dell’Emilia is a well-known preparation race for the Tour of Lombardy.
Bologna previously hosted the Grande Partenza in 1994, an edition that was ultimately won by Jevgeni Berzin ahead of Marco Pantani. Yet, Endrio Leoni won the morning road stage in Bologna on the first day of action before Armand De Las Cuevas went on to power to victory in the afternoon ITT.
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