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Giro d'Italia 2014 in Le Marche: Stage eight preview - Cycling Weekly

Giro d'Italia 2014 in Le Marche: Stage eight preview - Cycling Weekly | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It’s the second weekend of the Giro and the organisers have thrown up a juicy-looking stage to entertain fans enjoying a Saturday off work.

In what is comfortably the most difficult day’s racing so far, the peloton will face three mountains in the Marche region of central Italy. First up, 132km into the stage, is the Cippo di Carpegna.

It may only last 6.8km but, with an average gradient of almost nine per cent, this will be the most challenging climb the riders will have had to have face up to now. The climb was also one of Marco Pantani’s favourite training sites; its inclusion is part of this year’s controversial tribute to the late Italian.[...]

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Giro 2014 | Stage 8, Mount Carpegna, Le Marche | 2014 Giro D'Italia Route To Honour Marco Pantani

Giro 2014 | Stage 8, Mount Carpegna, Le Marche | 2014 Giro D'Italia Route To Honour Marco Pantani | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The route of the 2014 Giro d’Italia will pay tribute to Marco Pantani with three climbs in his honour, according to a report in Tuttosport on Tuesday. Ten years on from his tragic death, the Giro is set to visit Pantani’s favourite training climb, Monte Carpegna, and will also feature summit finishes at the sites of two of his most memorable victories – Oropa and Montecampione. [...] Stage 8 will see the Giro’s first tribute to Marco Pantani, with his personal testing ground of Monte Carpegna featuring just before the finish at Montecopiolo.

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

Marco Pantani was fond of saying that to win the Giro and the Tour was enough to climb the ramps of the Mount Carpegna in Le Marche. Cippo of Carpegna was used by the "il Pirata" to train from his Cesenatico. This will be the first of three "Gran Premio della Montagna" marked by the top of the stage altimetry (1358 meters). The Giro 2014 will enter the territory of Pesaro at the 58th kilometer of the stage when from Valico della Scheggia will gain Ponte Riccioli and gradually will shift to Cantiano, Cagli, Acqualagna, Urbania, Lunano, Frontino and then climb the Carpegna and the ascent of Cippo. From there the Giro will descend from Passo Cantoniera with the encroachment in Romagna with Pennabilli, Maciano, Soanne and Lago Andreuccio and then start the arrival of Villagrande and Montecopiolo.

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