Good morning from Stage 1 of Giro d’Italia, from 6 to 29 may and organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Apeldoorn – Province of Gelderland – 9,8km Individual Time Trial.
First rider to start will be Fabio Sabatini (Etixx – Quick Step) at 13.45. The other riders will follow at 1′ intervals, with the last rider, Michael Hepburn (Orica GreenEdge), to start at 17.02.
Today’s favourites are the Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (Trek – Segafredo), local hero Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin), Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick Step) and various other specialist time trialists.
Apeldoorn (13.45 – Start): Sunny, 20°C. Wind: moderate – 18kmh.
Apeldoorn (17.15 – Finish): Sunny, 23°C. Wind: moderate – 18kmh.
Start line: Apeldoorn, Omnisportcentrum
Finish line: Lido di Camaiore, Viale E. Pistelli
Intermediate time – km 4.8 – Apeldoorn, General Van Heutszlaan
Last team’s finish: 17.15 approx.
Headquarters: Apeldoorn, Omnisportcentrum
Stage 1 – Apeldoorn (Individual Time Trial) 9.8km
This Individual Time Trial runs entirely through the city, along wide, straight avenues, with just a few 90-degree bends. Speed bumps, roundabouts and street furniture will be found throughout the route. Split time is taken at km 4.8.
The final kilometres are completely flat, with two right-hand bends in between three straight stretches. The final bend leads into the 600m long home straight, on a 6.5m wide asphalt road.
POINTS OF INTEREST
APELDOORN – km 0
The route runs entirely through Apeldoorn, a charming city in the province of Gelderland, with a population of 160,000. Close to its distinctive centre lies the 150-hectare Hoge Veluwe National Park, the largest conservation area in the Netherlands, where stags, mouflons and many other wild animals live. The park is also home to the Kröller-Müller Art Museum, which hosts a valuable and considerable collection of paintings by the great Dutch painters Vincent van Goghand Piet Mondriaan and by Pablo Picasso. Visitors can explore the park’s pathways using one of the 1,700 white bicycles provided free of charge.
The start zone is set in the Omnisportcentrum. Opened in 2008 the complex hosts an indoor velodrome with a capacity of over 5,500 spectators along with many other sporting facilities and venues for different events, such as concerts and exhibitions.
The route passes through the heart of the town, with long, straight roads and runs along the Kanaal Noord (52km) which flows from Hattem to Dieren, and into the IJssel River. The stage course then crosses the Deventerstraat bridge and runs along the other side of the channel.
GENERAAL VAN HEUTSZLAAN (time recording) – km 4.8
APELDOORN LOOLAAN – km 9.8
The route ultimately reaches the finish in Loolaan. Apeldoorn is an important historic city. The magnificent Het Loo Palace was a summer residence of the Royal Family. The castle was built starting in 1648, as commissioned by William III of Orange and his wife, Mary II Stuart, Queen of England. It is one of the major Dutch Baroque buildings, built drawing inspiration from the Palace of Versailles. It now houses a national museum, hosting valuable historical objects, art and collectors’ items.
Major landmarks also include the elegant, distinctive and modern structure of the Orpheus Theater, with different venues to host cultural events. Notable sights also include the Oranje Park, the modern, distinctive City Hall building, and the magnificent, grandiose cathedral – or Grote Kerk in Dutch – and bell tower.
The city is rich in parks, gardens and venues for leisure and cultural activities, such as theDrakenbootfestival, an event featuring boat races at the Channel each June.
Leisure and learning combine at the Apenheul Primate Park. Younger children will love the Julianatoren Amusement Park, while other venues for social gatherings or leisure make Apeldoorn a major domestic and foreign tourist destination that can easily be visited by bicycle, just as the residents do.