Good morning from Stage 2 of the Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport. The first in-line stage of the race, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, runs from Camaiore to Pomarance (195km). The punchy finale is made for attackers and finisseurs.
After crossing the neutralised zone, the peloton of 160 riders passed km 0 at 11:34.
Camaiore (11:30 – Start): Sunny 13°C. Wind: weak – 11kmh, S.
Lido di Camaiore (16:30 – Finish): Sunny 13°C. Wind: moderate – 18kmh, E.
1 – Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Brent Bookwalter (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.
3 – Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 16 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 22 points are available for the points classification, and 25 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
Stage 2 – Camaiore-Pomarance 195km
This stage is wavy and undulating, especially in the second part, with an uphill finish. Starting in Camaiore and cutting through Montemagno, the route reaches Pisa and the district of Livorno on flat roads. Gentle slopes start on the approach to Collesalvetti. The route takes in a categorized climb in Castellina Marittima then reaches the feed zone, located between San Martino and Casino di Terra. Here, the route becomes technically demanding, running up towards Canneto to take in the second categorized climb of the Race of the Two Seas in Serrazzano. After reaching Pomarance the first time, the route draws almost a long circuit that leads to Saline di Volterra and then all the way to the final climb (approx 12km), with peaks reaching 16%.
Just past Saline di Volterra, the route starts to go up towards Cerreto, on a long and very uneven climb, with slopes topping out at 16% alternating with mild 2-3% gradients. From the last gentle bend, the final part of the route is straightforward, on 7m wide, asphalt road.
Larderello and boraciferous heads
The metalic-rich hills of Pomarance, Larderello – with their “soffioni” boraciferous shower heads – produce 10% of the world’s geothermal energy (4800 GWh per year) supplying many Italian homes. The name of Larderello is in homage to François Jacques de Larderel, who founded the boraciferous plant. In 1905, thanks to Prince Piero Ginori-Conti, the energy of the heads began to be used for generating electricity. Larderello hosts a Geothermal Museum, dedicated to the industrial activity linked to terrestrial heat.