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2018 Giro d'Italia stage 12: Osimo - Imola 214 km

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2018 Giro d'Italia stage 12: Osimo - Imola 214 km

16 May 2018 16:44

Eshnar wrote:STAGE 12: Osimo – Imola 214 km

May 17th

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Technical Overview:
After a very nice medium mountain stage comes one of the most disappointing ones. The peloton starts where it finished the previous day, in Osimo, and heads north-west along the coast and then into the inland, following the long Roman road called Via Emilia. It is all pan flat and straight all the way to the finishing town, Imola. Luckily the stage does not end immediately there: the riders will have to enter a circuit that includes part of the Autodromo and a small climb, Tre Monti (GPM4, 4.4 km at 4.1%). This circuit is exactly the same that was featured in the 2015 Giro... only this time it's to be done only once. Comparing this stage to the 2015 one is indeed very disappointing, especially considering they come at almost the same point in the race, and in very similar situations. The only excuse I can find is that the stage is already long as it is, but even so they should have given it some more love. It's not like tomorrow is a big day...

Final km
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The Climbs:
Tre Monti (GPM4, 4.4 km at 4.1%)
Profile on the final km picture. The climb is quite easy but has a good ramp at the beginning, with 1.5 km at 7.3%, and one at the end, with 1 km at 7.6%.

What to Expect:
Probably a mass sprint. Tre Monti has a few nice ramps but many sprinters will not have problems. Hopefully it will be enough to spice it up.

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Re: 2018 Giro d'Italia stage 12: Osimo - Imola 214 km

16 May 2018 16:48

I actually quite like this stage design. Ofc it will only be interesting for like 15 minutes, but these 15 minutes should be amazing. I still have very good memories of a very similar stage in the 2016 giro won by Ulissi. I fear this one won't be quite as good as the climb is easier but I nontheless expect lots of attacks on the slopes of Tre Monti. I'm rooting for Wellens to get his 2nd.
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16 May 2018 16:49

Hopefully there will be some attacks on the Tre Monti climb. Otherwise Viviani.
Btw, is there a possibility of crosswinds?
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16 May 2018 16:49

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16 May 2018 16:55

Viviani again. Schachmann and/or Štybar will mark any dangerous move in the finale.
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16 May 2018 16:56

Ah! The circuit where Zakarin bagged his first notable stagevictory. In the pouring rain no less!
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16 May 2018 17:01

Red Rick wrote:Red Rick remembers finish profile

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I gotta say though, I'm not a huge fan of that stage design either. With all those Imola laps the really hard and interesting part of the stage became uninteresting and on the finishing circuit itself the climb wasn't really hard enough to cause any battle between gc contenders. Because of that this was also pretty much the only disappointing medium mountain stage in the 2015 giro
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16 May 2018 17:06

You cant have gc-action every day. It was a nice breakaway stage that also made the race a bit harder for everyone. Betancur almost won!
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16 May 2018 17:16

Netserk wrote:You cant have gc-action every day. It was a nice breakaway stage that also made the race a bit harder for everyone. Betancur almost won!

Well, if you want a battle for the stage win I'm pretty sure tomorrows stage will be about as exciting as 2015 one.
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16 May 2018 17:31

Yeah, those 5 climbs in quick succession is basically Fuente Dé on steroids.

On the bright side, its a lot better than a useless sprinters stage. At least it will be up in the air if a late attack can make it or not.
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16 May 2018 17:35

I think the Tour would manage to give this stage 5 KOMs
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16 May 2018 17:42

Gigs_98 wrote:
Netserk wrote:You cant have gc-action every day. It was a nice breakaway stage that also made the race a bit harder for everyone. Betancur almost won!

Well, if you want a battle for the stage win I'm pretty sure tomorrows stage will be about as exciting as 2015 one.

I really don't think so. That stage was excellent - for what it was.
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16 May 2018 17:54

I know some people like these stages, but to me it's quite the stinker, almost like the pan flat processional pseudo-rest days in the TDF. Viviani for the win i suppose. Maybe I'll be wrong and rogue cross-winds may appear?
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16 May 2018 18:06

GraftPunk wrote:I know some people like these stages, but to me it's quite the stinker, almost like the pan flat processional pseudo-rest days in the TDF. Viviani for the win i suppose. Maybe I'll be wrong and rogue cross-winds may appear?

The next two days are probably pseudo rest days. I follow Gesink on strava and the stage Bennett won (the super easy sprint stage along the coast in Italy) he had an average BPM of 92. It was also just 150 km. I mean, come on.
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16 May 2018 18:07

Bennett will be hard to beat here. He's the best climbing sprinter at the moment which tells a lot about his form. And he's faster than Viviani as well.
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16 May 2018 18:25

I have to ask... any chance of wind-related excitement?
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16 May 2018 18:30

Valv.Piti wrote:
GraftPunk wrote:I know some people like these stages, but to me it's quite the stinker, almost like the pan flat processional pseudo-rest days in the TDF. Viviani for the win i suppose. Maybe I'll be wrong and rogue cross-winds may appear?

The next two days are probably pseudo rest days. I follow Gesink on strava and the stage Bennett won (the super easy sprint stage along the coast in Italy) he had an average BPM of 92. It was also just 150 km. I mean, come on.


I have a hard time believing that number. That just seems too low...
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16 May 2018 18:34

tobydawq wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:
GraftPunk wrote:I know some people like these stages, but to me it's quite the stinker, almost like the pan flat processional pseudo-rest days in the TDF. Viviani for the win i suppose. Maybe I'll be wrong and rogue cross-winds may appear?

The next two days are probably pseudo rest days. I follow Gesink on strava and the stage Bennett won (the super easy sprint stage along the coast in Italy) he had an average BPM of 92. It was also just 150 km. I mean, come on.


I have a hard time believing that number. That just seems too low...

Gesink generally has low BPM, but all the stats are out there and that day is pretty consistent with the others given the difficulty.
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16 May 2018 19:15

Walking puts your BPM above that number.
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16 May 2018 19:16

Looks like a bit of a snoozer to me :(. But I guess the guys could use a couple of easy days before Saturday.
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