After the first stage was cancelled for bad weather, Giro Donne restarts in Bagno a Ripoli
An unfortunate start for Giro Donne 2023. The organisation had to cancel the first stage, a 4.4 km time trial prologue due to unfavourable weather conditions. The heavy rain and hail have first forced an interruption of the race and then its definitive cancellation to safeguard the safety of the athletes. Today the competition starts with a completely blank ranking, so the winner of today’s stage will also be the first pink jersey of the tour.
There are 102 kilometres scheduled for the Bagno a Ripoli – Marradi stage, a segment crossing the entire Florentine province until reaching an evocative arrival point in one of the municipalities that were affected by the recent flood. The stage starts with a simple track crossing several municipalities including Pontassieve, Pelago, Dicomano, Borgo San Lorenzo where the intermediate sprint is also located. At km 65, just after the intermediate sprint, the stage becomes more challenging. Here, the group will face the first ascent of this edition of Giro: the Passo della Colla measures 16 km with an average of 4.6% elevation and peaks of 8%; the route then goes downhill at 14 km to the finish line and this section could cause a meaningful selection. After the 2nd category GPM the road quickly descends in the direction of Marradi where the finish line is located.
Stage starts at: 11.50
Arrival time: approx. 2.30 PM
Link below to download all material about the 2nd stage, such as timetables, altimetries, and route details: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13A047s4NTE86LGgbU3Yp3tBKY5_h_w80?usp=drive_link
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BAGNO A RIPOLI
Bagno a Ripoli covers an area of about 74 km2 and extends east of Florence occupying on one side the area of the Upper Valdarno while on the other a part of the Chianti zone. The city is surrounded by majestic Medici villas and rocky churches housing 15th century and Renaissance masterpieces. The territory is sprinkled with cypress trees and farmhouses, vineyards and olive groves, together with tabernacles and wine cellars. A lively and productive land that believes in tradition. Bagno is famous for its Palio delle Contrade, an event taking place annually on the second Sunday of September: a mediaeval tournament played by four riders, each representing an ancient faction of the city called “contrada”. The most important holy site in Bagno a Ripoli is certainly the Pieve di Pietro a Ripoli and it is considered one of the oldest churches in Italy.
Marradi has always been a crossroad thanks to its peculiar position with unique characteristics for a mountain village: while being located in the province of Florence, it is crossed by the river Lamone, which fows towards Ravenna in the neighbouring province of Emilia Romagna. Surrounded by lush nature, it is also famous for its chestnuts, celebrated every year in autumn during a famous festival: the intensity of its vibrant and diverse colours make the town shine among other rural settlements in the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines. Another peculiarity of Marradi is the numerous palaces in the city centre, a true open-air theatre where culture and tradition beautifully coexist with high quality artisan productions. The town actively promotes sustainable tourism, as certifed by the Slow City brand.