The stage is initially wavy, while the second part is essentially flat. After a brief opening circuit in Chiusdino, the route crosses the Siena area, passing Murlo and Asciano, reaches Cortona and then enters Umbria, taking in the only categorised climb of the day in Poggio della Croce. After dropping into Gubbio, the road flattens and straightens out all the way to the finish.
The closing kilometres are wavy at first, then run essentially uphill. There is a sharp left-hander at the last kilometre, followed by a succession of wide bends leading into the home straight, which rises slightly with gradients nearing 4%. The finish line lies on an 8 m wide asphalt straight.
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Monticiano Monte di Giano, the two-faced God. In fact, Monticiano looks with a face the Maremma and with the other turns to Siena. It stands on a hill of 370 m between the rivers Merse and Farma and is protected by 4 natural reserves: High Merse, Low Merse, the Farma and Tocchi reservers. It is a medieval village dating back to the twelfth century when it was a castle controlled by Volterra. Darkness and silence hide Etruscan and Roman souls, Byzantine and Lombard souls, all lost in the woods. Ancient transhumances and processions don’t contradict the dignity of the lumberjack, like the pride of having fought the fascism, at a severe price. Here the Partisan resistance was the protagonist, which it suffered the death of the martyrs of Scalvaia to whom a famous monument is dedicated. A goat is symbol of the two-faced god and of a land that thrives on dualisms: on the one hand Monticiano on the other Iesa, San Lorenzo a Merse, Scalvaia, Tocchi, Petriolo. ancient walls, frescoes that bring back to the past, alongside contemporary art parks the Kurt Laurenz Metzler Park and the WWF OASI Biodiversity Museum, futuristic and multimedia, unique in Europe. Differences that meet and unite, in the name of Giano
The Monticiano mushrooms are famous everywhere. Our chestnut, Turkey oak and strawberry tree woods make the soil suitable for the most valuable fungal species. The porcino of Monte Quoio (our small mountain of just over 600m) is a good reason to pass one day in our woods.
Bread soup, panzanella … in short, simple foods based on bread, legumes, chestnuts.
The city of Gualdo Tadino lies on the slopes of the Umbria-Marche Apennines, in an enchanting beautiful location. A reality rich in history, art, folklore an traditions closely connected to a pristine, lush and natural environment. The city has about 15.000 inhabitants and is immersed in an area where the abundance of water, the healthy air and the wealth of flora and fauna are harmoniously accompained in various landscapes. The Apennine chain dominates the city with Mount Penna, who reaches 1.432 meters in height and overlooks on the mountains of Serrasanta, Maggio and Nero. The places of greatest landscape value are the area of the Pinewood of San Guido, “Chestnut wood” and Valsorda, appreciated for the fascinating panoramic views and paths to discover. In these places the tourist, in close contact with nature, can play sport, enjoy quiet and great food.
Gualdo Tadino is a city that also has food and wine traditions.
The mountains, descending towards the valley, slope down into gentle hills embellished by olive groves, including the autochthonous cultivar of Rigali, from which the precious “extra virgin olive oil” is born.
The specialties related to butchery and typical local products such as truffles, mushrooms, wild asparagus and chestnuts are excellent.
Gualdo Tadino is famous all in the world also for its water. The environment is in fact still uncontaminated and full of water sources, the best known of which is that of the Rocchetta.
The beer produced in the city is also very popular.