Stage Nineteen - Friday 25 May
Treviso-Alpe di Pampeago
197 kilometres, high mountain stage
Bluffers guide: Rolling out of Treviso, the Giro will pay its respects to Andrea Pinarello. The youngest of the Pinarello framebuilding dynasty, he lost his life died shortly after an amateur race last August.
The stage is a snorter, but also a reflection of the times. Many commentators believe that over the coming decade the nature of the sport will change dramatically. There will be more “circuit” events, replacing the traditional long distance point to point races with which we’ve become familiar over the decades.
Buon appetito: This is the land of rivers and, by extension, river fish. For a bona-fide taste of Montello culture head to the fish market in Treviso’s Piazza dei Signori. Risotto al Tajo, made with eels and prawn, is a trademark dish. Elsewhere the area is known for Radicchio, a delicious red chicory, and an embarrassment of excellent red wines.
Local hero: Alessandro Ballan (BMC) – Ballan’s participation in the Giro may be subject to developments in a long-running doping investigation in Mantua. Providing that he does ride, both supporters and neighbours from nearby Castelfranco Veneto will be out in force at the start in Treviso.
Bergonzi says: “I like it a lot. Acquarone and Vegni have invented the “double Pampeago” this year, and it’s in keeping with the times. This year they ride it, then come back to it later. It’s one of the toughest climbs you could find, and it will be a great day for the public up there. I remember Tonkov and Simoni winning there, but most of all Pantani in 1999. In addition, the Manghen is a super-climb. So it’s a pure climbers’ stage, and only one of the very best can win it.”
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