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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 12 (3 stars)
SIENA–BAGNO DI ROMAGNA
Thursday, May 20
Sting in the tail?
This will be one of the 104th Giro d’Italia’s most beautiful stages. It starts in the stunning ancient city of Siena, rolls through the Chianti wine country, takes in the Renaissance city of Florence, and then heads through the Alpe di Benedetto mountains to finish in the spa town of Bagno di Romagna (population 6,000). When the Giro last finished a stage in this town four years ago, a long-distance breakaway took the honors, with Basque rider Omar Fraile winning. Look for something similar this time, because none of the day’s four climbs is particularly steep, though the last one, the Cat. 3 Passo del Carnaio has some double-digit pitches and it summits before a 10-kilometer drop to the finish.
SCHEDULE (all times EDT)
Siena start (0km) after 5.4km neutral (5:35 a.m.); Florence (entry to city), 147.7km to go (6:58 a.m.); Sesto Fiorentino (sprint), 135.2km to go (7:17 a.m.); Monte Morello (Cat. 3), 126.7km to go (7:38 a.m.); Passo della Consuma (Cat. 2), 79.1km to go (9:05 a.m.); Passo della Calla (Cat. 2), 48.1km to go (10:02 a.m.); Santa Sofia (sprint), 21.1km to go (10:36 a.m.); Passo del Carnaio (Cat 3), 10.3km to go (11 a.m.); Bagno di Romagna (finish), 209km (11:14 a.m.).