The first in-line stage of the race, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, runs from Camaiore to Follonica (172km). The final circuit seems perfectly suited for a bunch sprint.
After crossing the 1,400m neutralised zone, the peloton of 153 riders passed km 0 at 12:12.
Camaiore (12:12 – Start): Partly cloudy 12°C. Wind: moderate – 19kmh, S.
Follonica (16.15 – Approx. Finish): Partly cloudy 11°C. Wind: weak – 11kmh, S.
1 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
Stage 2 – Camaiore Follonica 172km
With the exception of the first kilometres – with the Montemagno categorised climb shortly after the start – the stage is entirely flat up to the final circuit in Follonica. The route passes through San Giuliano Terme, Cecina and Donoratico, across the provinces of Lucca, Pisa and Livorno, and then enters the province of Grosseto, with a final 8.3km circuit to be covered three times.
The final circuit takes place on relatively wide and mostly straight urban roads. The first kilometres after the passage on the finish line feature a series of tricky corners. Two long straight stretches, with a U-turn on a wide roundabout in between, lead to the finish line on 7.5m asphalted road.
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From the turquoise blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the emerald green hills of the surrounding Apuan Alps, Camaiore is a town of contrasting yet harmonizing colours, in a land whose many flavours and traditions reflect the character of its dwellers: strong yet friendly, lively and welcoming.
The city covers a wide and varied territory ranging from the lively coastline in Lido di Camaiore, to the Apuan Alps, through the historical hamlet of Monteggiori, which is home to a feudal castle and the Rotaio fortress. With its historical centre, the town bursts into life especially in the summertime, offering a wealth of tourist attractions. The Palio takes place in June and in July, with the town’s six districts challenging each other in a set of sport and entertainment competitions. In August, summer events culminate in the “Follie di Ferragosto”, festival, and the Palio dell’Assunta, a major heritage event, featuring a costume parade in which the city’s historical families display their coats of arms.
Camaiore is also known to sports fans for the historic “Gran Premio Città di Camaiore”, cycle race which ran from 1949 to 2014, and whose route has, in recent years, become a “regular stage” of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport.
Follonica lies at the heart of the Gulf bearing the same name, in the Tuscan Maremma, between the promontory of Piombino and Punta Ala, opposite the Elba Island. Its strategic location and mild climate make it a popular destination for seaside, sporting, cultural and eco-tourism. The coastline is a stretch of white thin sand beaches, with shallow waters that gradually grow deeper. The surrounding scrubland and lush greenery offer endless possibilities for leisure, relaxation and recreation activities – not just at the beach – such as hiking, biking and horse-riding routes, breath-taking bays and wildlife sanctuaries. The gulf and the surrounding hills offer a large, diverse range of stunning landscapes with a rich history, from the turquoise blue sea, to the mountains and the woods of Cornate di Gerfalco and Montieri. Between the two, a variety of places, villages and hamlets surrounded by unspoilt nature, with their unique customs, traditions and landscapes. Nearby are a number of must-see sites, such as the villages of Scarlino, Castiglione della Pescaia and Suvereto, the mediaeval city of Massa Marittima, and the archaeological sites of Populonia, Vetulonia and Roselle. Local food and wine are just as rich and varied: wine is king, and is best paired with some tasty “pappardelle al cinghiale” (fresh pasta with wild boar sauce), the traditional Maremman specialty, or with more delicate, classical fish dishes, such as cacciucco.
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