After a day of rest following the “Cala Gonone (Dorgali) – Olbia” challenge with Marianne Vos (TEAM JUMBO-VISMA) winning the first place and Elisa Balsamo (TREK SEGAFREDO) confirmed herself as Pink Jersey, Giro Donne resumes today Monday 4th July with its first stage in Emilia-Romagna, the “Cesena – Cesena” race. The trial is 120.9 km long, starting and ending in Cesena, with the finish line right next to the evocative Parco della Rimembranza (Remembrance Park) surrounding the Rocca Malatestiana (Malatestian Stronghold). This stage sets off the beginning of the challenges for climbers: after passing through the municipalities of Castiglione di Ravenna and Forlimpopoli, the cyclists will face a 217-metre altitude 3rd-tier Mountain Grand Prix at km 39.1 in Bertinoro (birthplace of the Italian cycling champion Arnaldo Pambianco). The route then follows on with two 2nd-tier Mountain Grand Prix in Colle del Barbotto (515 m altitude) and in Monteleone (355 m altitude) at km 74.2 and 97.5 respectively. A truly demanding challenge flanking long stretches of the Savio river then entering the Apennine valley of the same name in the south. The arrival time is scheduled around h 3:30 pm. 135 contestants at the start.
GIRO DONNE – JERSEY CLASSIFICATION:
PINK JERSEY / UNHCR: Elisa Balsamo – TREK-SEGAFREDO
CYCLAMEN JERSEY / FASTWEB: Elisa Balsamo – TREK-SEGAFREDO
GREEN JERSEY / DISCOVERY+: Franziska Brauße – CERATIZIT – WNT PRO CYCLING TEAM
WHITE JERSEY / EUROSPORT: Franziska Koch – Team DSM
BLUE JERSEY / IL MESSAGGERO: Elisa Balsamo – TREK-SEGAFREDO
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CESENA (FC), 96,753 inhabitants
Cesena beats in the heart of Romagna, a must-see for art lovers as well as for food-and-wine enthusiasts. A few kilometres away from the Adriatic Riviera and the Apennines in the Savio Valley, sitting “between the plains and the mountain” (a quote from Dante Alighieri), the citadel is characterised by peculiarly scorpion-shaped city walls. Cesena offers numerous treasures: the Biblioteca Malatestiana (Malatestian Library, UNESCO Memory of the World), Italy’s first civic library and the only still intact specimen in the humanistic-conventual style; the imposing and majestic Rocca (Malatestian Stronghold); the millenary Abbey of S. Maria del Monte; Villa Silvia-Carducci (now Musicalia’s headquarters, a museum of mechanical music). Cesena is also pleasant for its lifestyle: a walk along the lively streets of the city centre to savour the culinary traditions is something you might not want to miss, especially the iconic “piadina”. Cesena is a city to be discovered with all the senses!