The Giro-Bologna love affair cooled off in recent years, but with 2019’s Grande Partenza pink vibes are once again in the air in the city of Etruscan origin. Following the ITT to the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca on the first day of action, the riders now head south to Fuchecchio.
The route cuts across the Apennines to reach its highest point in La Serra at an elevation of 750 metres. Following the descent the route is mostly flat until climbs to Montalbano and San Baronto appear at kilometre 150. The Montalbano climb is steep, but the ascent to San Baronto is doable with gradients around 3%. The last 20 kilometres are played out on the flat.
The 2nd stage of the 2018 edition was won by Elia Viviani. The Italian sprinted to victory at the end of a race from Haifa to Tel Aviv.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the second intermediate sprint – at kilometre 146.7 – comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Another interesting read: results/race report 2nd stage 2019 Giro d’Italia.
Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 2: routes, profiles, more
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