From the Garibaldi: Stage through the Appennine Mountains. The final section of the race route sees more than 2.600 m of vertical altitude gain over a succession of short climbs and ramps. The first part is rolling, with only one long climb: Paglieta. After the fixed feedzone at Guardiagrele, there are a number of sharp ramps: Bucchianico (max 15%), Villamagna (GPM), Chieti-Pietragrossa (max 16% - GPM), Chieti-Tricalle (max 19% - TV), Santa Maria de Criptis (max 16% - GPM) and San Silvestro (max 14% - GPM). The final climb is just over 7 km from the finish line.
Final climb 7.500 m from the finish line. Technical descent with hairpins. Final 4 km mostly flat with only two curves (the last, 2.200 m from the finish line). Finish line after a straight section lasting 1700 m. Road width 7.5 m, surfaced with asphalt.
Quite a stage profile today:
There was, apparently, a very early and pre-video breakaway and they continued to lead for quite a while:
Breakaway rider Adam Hansen, by the way, is on my fantasy cycling team. He was also the only rider last year to complete all three of the Grand Tours: The Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta.
opqscyclingteam 7:24am via TweetDeck
Bradley Wiggins crashed on the wet roads with about five km to go, losing time not only from the crash but from his slow descent afterwards. A small group of favorites crossed the finish line 1:15 after Hansen, with both Wiggins and maglia rosa Luca Paolini losing time. Paolini fell to 15th, and Wiggins dropped out of the top 20. The new pink jersey is Benat Intxausti (Movistar).
|1||Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol|
|2||Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox|
|3||Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia|
|4||Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia|
|5||Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling|
|6||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team|
|7||Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox|
|8||Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ|
|9||Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge|
|10||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp|
|1||Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team|
|2||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team||0:00:05|
|3||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp||0:00:08|
|4||Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling||0:00:10|
|5||Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia||0:00:13|
|6||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||0:00:16|
|7||Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||0:00:17|
|8||Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team||0:00:19|
|9||Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge||0:00:29|
|10||Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard||0:00:34|
La Murola Montepulciano 2010
From the importer: LA MUROLA is a family-owned winery in the Macerata province of Le Marche. For over 200 years they have owned 60 ha. dedicated to the cultivation of indigenous grape varieties. These vineyards have an ideal location between the Adriatic Sea to the immediate East, the Sibillini mountains to the West, and the protected Abbadia di Fiastra natural reserve to the North. In fact, part of the La Murola vineyards lie within the confines of this natural reserve! The vines grow at an elevation of 300 meters above sea level.
A little bit about Montepulciano D'abruzzo from Eric Asimov in the NY Times in 2008: "This lively, juicy red wine comes from the rugged Abruzzi hills above the Adriatic coast of central Italy, a region long known for its tidal wave of mass-produced reds. Abruzzi is dominated by giant cooperatives pumping out adequately palatable wine, but it is evolving and improving, like much of southern Italy, with more and more serious producers taking the lead in seeking higher quality. And these serious producers have raised the bar for everybody . . . .
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is the kind of wine that I'm happy to find shoring up the bottom of any decent wine list. It is resolutely dry, with enough soft fruit to be drinkable when young, yet tannic enough to keep it trim and energetic. While it pairs naturally with any dish that has tomato sauce, it's as versatile as barbera or good Beaujolais."