Today’s 161km stage from Firenze (Ponte a Ema) to Bagno di Romagna takes in four consecutive categorised climbs in the Apennine Mountains, so will suit specialist climbers which could have an impact on GC times. The ‘Tappa Bartali’ starts in Ponte a Ema, home of the Gino Bartali Cycling Museum.
The peloton, 188 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.38. Did not start: dossards n.196 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo).
Firenze (Ponte a Ema) (12.15 – Start): Clear skies, 26°C. Wind: moderate – 21km/h.
Bagno di Romagna (17.15 – Finish): Clear skies, 21°C. Wind: moderate – 16km/h.
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 13 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 31 points are available for the points classification, and 44 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 2’23”
3 – Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) at 2’38”
Stage 11 – Firenze (Ponte a Ema) – Bagno di Romagna – 161km – total elevation 3,500m
This main stage across the Apennines takes in four consecutive categorised climbs, with not even a single flat stretch in between: Passo della Consuma, Passo della Calla, Passo del Carnaio and Monte Fumaiolo. After clearing Passo del Carnaio, the route takes a first pass on the finish line in Bagno di Romagna. Then comes a long ring (approx 52km) that takes the riders to clear the Monte Fumaiolo categorised summit. A long drop then leads all the way to the finish. The roadway is narrow on average, and the road surface is worn out at points.
Starting from 3,500m from the finish, the last kilometres either descend, or are a false flat up. The route drops down quickly on wide roads, with several curves and hairpins, and briefly touches the centre of San Piero in Bagno. The final kilometres are dotted with roundabouts. The last bend is 5,900m from the finish line, followed by a long home straight, just bending slightly, on 6m wide and perfectly level asphalt road.