Siena hosts the start and finish of the Strade Bianche, which is fast becoming one of pro cycling’s most popular classics. The photogenic race on unpaved roads takes place to the south of Siena, but instead stage 12 heads north to Florence.
The first 60 kilometres to the regional capital of Tuscany is lumpy, but proper climbing is going to happen afterwards. Just outside the city the Monte Morello appears, which is an ascent of almost 9 kilometres with an average gradient of 4.2%.
The riders reach the summit of the Monte Morello after 82.4 kilometres and continue on a plateau for awhile. The descent leads into Le Sieci and shortly the riders enter the Passo della Consuma. The 16 kilometres climb averages 5.7% and ramps up to 9.4% just before the top.
A 15 kilometres descent leads into Stia and onto the Passo della Calla. Which is another 16 kilometres ascent. The Calla’s average gradient sits at 5.3%, while the summit is crested with 48 kilometres remaining.
A long descents takes the riders to the foot of the last climb of the day. The Passo del Carnaio is 11.4 kilometres long and averages 4.4%. The steepest sections at 10% are located at the base and close to the summit.
A 6 kilometres descent leads onto a flat run-in to the finish of 4 kilometres.
The second intermediate sprint comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds, while time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line.
The 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia starts at 11.25 and the race is expected to finish around 17.15 – both are local times (CEST).
Giro d’Italia 2021 stage 12: route, profile, more
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