Stage 9: Sansepolcro – Florence
Highest point: 1,060m
Category: Medium mountains
A Tuscan odyssey, stage 9 is effectively a dress rehearsal for the 2013 World Championship Road Race. Rolling northwest from Sansepolcro, it will finish in one of Italy’s most spectacular locations, in the heart of Florence. Notwithstanding its cultural importance, it promises action on the road too. Hostilities will begin early, the big climb up the Passo della Consuma beginning the sorting-out process. With three more mountain prizes plus Florence on the menu, what more could we ask for?
Stefano Zanatta says: "Whoever has the jersey will hope that the break stays away, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it does. A lot of teams will target this but as it’s Vini Fantini’s backyard, they will try to have as many as possible in the right break. You’ll also see Giovanni Visconti, who lives there. He will be really motivated and super-aggressive. It will be a fight from the opening kilometre and my guess is that it will be really spectacular stage."
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