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There are way too many hard mountain top finishes for my liking. I'd really prefer a simple sestriere finish over a finish on the Col Basset and I'd prefer a downhill finish or at least a Pordoi finish for the Fedaia stage (although then again if the stelvio stage is really the next day it's maybe better this way).
well, just today a local article wrote that the MTF to Fedaia is gonna be postponed to 2021, as they want to use the road to Sottoguda, which had been ravaged by the weather last year, and that's not gonna be reopened in time for next year.
I guess they'll fall back to the Nevegal idea, or maybe something else in the area.
 
well, just today a local article wrote that the MTF to Fedaia is gonna be postponed to 2021, as they want to use the road to Sottoguda, which had been ravaged by the weather last year, and that's not gonna be reopened in time for next year.
I guess they'll fall back to the Nevegal idea, or maybe something else in the area.
At this rate I don't expect to ever see the giro going over the Fedaia ever again....must have something to do with Fedaia stages usually being good.
 
At this rate I don't expect to ever see the giro going over the Fedaia ever again....must have something to do with Fedaia stages usually being good.
They know Fedaia makes you watch.

well, just today a local article wrote that the MTF to Fedaia is gonna be postponed to 2021, as they want to use the road to Sottoguda, which had been ravaged by the weather last year, and that's not gonna be reopened in time for next year.
I guess they'll fall back to the Nevegal idea, or maybe something else in the area.
How would a Nevegal stage look? Nothing too crazy but a Cat 2 or 2 beforehand?
 
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If Fedaia is gone, I hope these rumors of Rifugio Calvanico in southern Italy could be true (doubt it though).

By the way do we know the date of the official presentation yet?
 
More updates regarding week 1, it seems that stage 7 will finish in Camigliatello Silano, which means we have a very wide array of options to get there, ranging from "meh" to "awesome". If I had to bet, I would bet on the "meh" version ofc, unless the Etna is on stage 5 instead of 6, which is possible but unconfirmed. Stage 8 will be a flat stage finishing either in Ceglie or Brindisi, while stage 9 is confirmed to be a medium mountain stage ending in Vieste.

As for stage 16, we still don't know. Cortina (the town, not the rider...) will host the 2021 Alpine Ski WC, so I suspect they will at least pass there...

1 Budapest - Budapest ITT
2 Budapest - Gyor
3 Szekesfehervar - Nagykanisza
4 Palermo?Catania? - ???
5 Sicily 2
6 ??? - Etna
7 Mileto - Camigliatello Silano
8 Castrovillari - Ceglie Messapica OR Brindisi
9 Giovinazzo - Vieste
rest
10 ??? - Urbino
11 Cesenatico - Cesenatico
12 ??? - Spresiano?Castelfranco?Possagno?
13 Conegliano - Vidor ITT
14 Rivolto - San Daniele del Friuli
15 Udine - Matajur
rest
16 ??? - Nevegal?Cortina?Tre Cime??
17 ??? - Laghi di Cancano
18 Morbegno - Cassano Magnago?
19 Borgomanero - Verbania OR S.Domenico
20 Santhia - Col Basset? Fraiteve?
21 Milano - Milano ITT?
 
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Tre Cime is not Fedaia but at least the scenery is equally amazing. Something good could also be done around Cortina. However if Nevegal just take the place of Fedaia....

The sequence of stage 9 through 11 looks interesting. If the Urbino-stage is more than just a punchur finish it could be three well made medium mountain stages.
 
I have not written anything lately due to IRL workload, but also because the latest rumours have provided more questions than answers.
First of all, stage 10 is now rumoured to finish in Rimini, after a presumably flattish stage given the location. Stage 11 is confirmed to be a tribute to the Nove Colli, and stage 12 might start from Cervia.
As for stage 15, it seems that RCS does not think an MTF on Mataiur is feasible, so the stage might finish in Cividale and be similar (maybe a bit harder) to the 2016 version.
Still no news about stage 16.
Stage 19 is apparently NOT gonna finish in Verbania, nor anywhere in the region. It seems that the route will instead go south-west (Entracque back in the mix...?), and Bra might be the starting location of stage 20, the one which is still said to finish on top of Fraiteve after Finestre.

1 Budapest - Budapest ITT
2 Budapest - Gyor
3 Szekesfehervar - Nagykanisza
4 Palermo?Catania? - ???
5 Sicily 2
6 ??? - Etna
7 Mileto - Camigliatello Silano
8 Castrovillari - Ceglie Messapica OR Brindisi
9 Giovinazzo - Vieste
rest
10 Urbino? - Rimini
11 Cesenatico - Cesenatico
12 Cervia - Castelfranco?Possagno?
13 Conegliano - Vidor ITT
14 Rivolto - San Daniele del Friuli
15 Udine - Cividale
rest
16 ??? - Nevegal?Cortina?Tre Cime??
17 ??? - Laghi di Cancano
18 Morbegno - Cassano Magnago?
19 ??? - ???
20 Bra? - Col Basset OR Fraiteve
21 Milano - Milano ITT?
 
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1st week:

Looks interesting. The dream must be Etna on stage 5, something good on stage 7 and then a proper medium mountain stage to Vieste. Especially the latter needs to be good considering that otherwise the second weekend would be really dull (counting the start in Hungary as the first weekend).

2nd week:

As of now slightly disappointing. How selective can Nove Colli be? I assume we can't expect GC-action. The penultimate weekend is underwhelming. Muro Ragogna on a friday or as an appetizer yes - However on a saturday no! And now Matajur is substituted with Cividale. If I remember that stage from 2016 correctly it was a dull stalemate. Hope they make it a lot harder and more selective. Otherwise the entire race is stuffed together in the last week.

3rd week:

Potentially the four most difficult stages across all three Grand Tours could be here. Can't complain too much but would have preferred them spread out a bit more. Despite the early Etna-stage the route (as judged from Eshnars draft) looks really backloaded.
 

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