On Wednesday, May 20, the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia 2015 took place. The start of this tour takes place in Forli. The finish is in Imola, at the famous racing track Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Especially the first half of this trip is quite hilly. At the end of the stage the riders must pass through three rounds on the course. The riders are favorites to victory at this stage?
Starting Point: Forli
This trip starts at the place where the 10th stage finished: Forli, capital of the province of Forlì-Cesena.In the cycling world, this is a place known as the city where world champion, Olympic champion and Giro winner Ercole Baldini came from. He had during his career as a nickname: “La Locomotiva di Forli ‘.
Finish Location: Imola
The 11th stage finishes at Imola. Among the attractions at the site include the Cathedral which dates from the 12th century and the Sforza castle, which was built in the 13th century. Above the Imola, of course, is famous for its formula 1 circuit: Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
This circuit was named after Enzo Ferrari and his son Dino. From 1981 to 2006, there was an annual formula one Grand Prix held at Imola. Since there was already an Italian GRAND PRIX, the race at Imola was forced to carry a different name. Therefore, this race as the name. Grand Prix of San Marino, “The most successful driver in the history of San Marino GP was Michael Schumacher, who won seven times in this race.
However, the race in Imola, best known worldwide for its dramatic Edition of 1994. That year, died on Saturday, April 30th, during a qualifying session for the San Marino GP, the Austrian Roland Ratzenberger. And a day later died at the same circuit during the race, the legendary Brazilian Ayrton Senna.
The Giro in Imola
Imola was a finish of the Giro d’Italia. In 1968 finished 15th stage, which was won by the Italian Marino Basso. In 1993 completed the tenth stage, where Italian Roberto Pagnin won.
Trail eleventh stage
The course of this eleventh ride has a length of 147 kilometres. The start is in Forli. Along the way, there are a lot of hills covered in the course. The big climbs in the first half of the journey is the Passo del Valico del Trebio and Prugno.
Passo del Trebio
The Summit of the Passo del Trebio reaches riders after about 25 kilometers course. The upper part of the Hill is located at an altitude of 565 metres. After this climb is followed by three hills which do not count towards the mountain classification after the riders after about 63 kilometers course to start the next climb that counts towards the mountain classification: Valico del Prugno.
Valico del Prugno
Climb the Valico del Prugno has a length of over 5.6 km. The average rate is 6 per cent. The steepest part of the climb have a gradient of eight percent.
In Imola riders still have three rounds of about 17 kilometers of the famous racing track Enzo e Dino Ferrari. In this circuit, the Hill is called Tre Monti. That must be climbed to three times. The second ascent of the counts against the mountain classification. Tre Monti is not a very difficult climb. The average rate is less than three per cent. Yet this gradient can be just tough enough to play a leading role in the finale of this step.
The first half of this step are similar course harder than the second half of the year. Possibly hilly ride way too hard for some of the best sprinters. Therefore, among the main contenders for victory in this trip several riders who have a good sprint, but also quite well in hilly course racing as the Australian Michael Matthews, Spaniard Juan Jose Lobato and Dutchman Moreno Hofland.
Results 11th stage
The stage was won by Russian Ilnoer Zakarin. He drove away from a leading group and crossed the line solo. The peloton finished about one minute behind stage winner. Contador was in the final of this hilly ride even gedemarreerd from the peloton, but was caught. He is still the leader in the general classification.
Live on TV
All stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2015 be televised live on Eurosport and the Flemish public broadcaster VRT. The broadcast of this eleventh stage of Sporza starts at 14h40 a on the Flemish channel. The Eurosport1 begins at 14:15 and is a preview of the live coverage of the 11th ride is planned at 14.30.