Roma Maxima 2014
The second edition of the Roma Maxima will again start and finish in the Italian capital, with the finish on the long straight Fori Imperiali in the heart of the city and with the Colosseum offering a unique back drop to the photograph of the winner.
Despite the 195km route including some testing climbs in the Roman hills, the final 40km are largely downhill and on flat and straight Appia Antica.
2013 winner Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is expected to back at the race to defend his title, while Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) will be looking to make up for thinking he'd won the race last year, when in true Kadri had managed to stay away to win alone.
Also expected to challenge are Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and recent GP di Lugano winner Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli-Yellow Fluo).