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The 45th edition of U-23 Tour of Italy (2.2U, UCI Europa Tour) will take place between June 11 and 18with output in support and arrived in Pinerolo and a visit from 7 steps. the first day present contest flat profile, in which the sprinters will have their chance to achieve victory. the partial second takes place in a rough terrain, in which the overall favorites will have to be careful not to waste time. The third step is the queen of this edition, with up to 4 mountain passes, with a special category, a first and two seconds. The fourth day presents a route with a trap, without great difficulties in the route, ends in the short climb to Chiavenna. After the rest day, the riders will face a new partial ideal for classic lovers. For their part, the climbers will have in the 6th stage the last clear opportunity to attack the general classification of the race, with hard end in Colle Fauniera. Ultimately, the last day Is destined to explosive bikers with a good uphill sprint.
The organization revealed that 35 teams will participate in the Italian race, 18 local and 17 foreign teamsamong them the Eolo-Kometa Sub23 and Laboral Kutxa-Euskadi Foundation, which will be the only two Spanish teams that will participate. Final victory in 2021 went to John Ayuso, who also won in three stages. Second term Tobias Johannessonwhile Henri Vandenabeele takes the third step of the podium.
2021 edition: Juan Ayuso
1st: Saturday, June 11. Gradara Argenta (163.8 km)
The first stage of the Giro Sub 23 begins in the beautiful town of Gradara, on the border between Emilia and Marche. On an easy day from an altimetric point of view, the last and easiest climb begins in the village of Cerasolo, on the border with the territory of San Marino. From Cerasolo, the race takes place on the flat and becomes a conquest ground for the sprinter teams. After more than 160 km, the red triangle of the last kilometer appears near the town of Argenta.
2: Sunday, June 12. Rossano Veneto – Pinzolo (168 km)
A mid-mountain stage that takes the peloton to Pinzolo over a distance of 164 kilometres. Departure is fixed from Rossano Veneto. After the climb of Vigolo Vattaro, the peloton crosses the towns of Trento and Cadine, covering about thirty kilometers of ups and downs. The route reaches its highest point (about 670 meters above sea level) with a series of hairpin bends. From the top, the peloton faces the descent to Ponte Arche and the town of Stenico, and, to the north, the Brenta massif. There will be sixteen kilometers to cover to reach the finish line in Pinzolo.
3: Monday, June 13. Pinzolo-Santa Caterina Valfurva (177.1 km)
The third stage of the Giro Sub 23 could be decisive for the general classification. The route from Pinzolo to Santa Caterina Valfurva is very difficult. Besides the Guspessa pass, the ascents of Tonale and Aprica loom on the horizon, as well as the final ascent of Santa Caterina Valfurva. From Pinzolo, the peloton must cover the first kilometers of the climb towards Madonna di Campiglio and the following Campo Carlo Magno, the real starting point of the stage and kilometer 0. The race begins in an easy and pedalable descent towards Folgarida and Dimaro Val Say Sole. The road climbs again to tackle the mythical rise of Tonale. The stage heads straight towards Aprica and tackles the grueling hill of Piazza to reach Mortirolo. The descent from Mortirolo to the village of Grosio and the town of Bormio, where the final climb to Santa Caterina Valfurva begins.
4: Tuesday, June 14. Chiuro Chiavenna (101.1 km)
Departure from the town of Chiuro for a complicated stage, hilly in the first part and with a long false flat towards Chiavenna at the end. About 100 kilometers separate the two cities of Lombardy and the peloton moves from Valtellina to Valchiavenna. Leaving Chiuro, the race prepares to face a circuit of about 25 km that climbs up to the starting point with ramps that are not very hard but with a constant slope. In Chiavenna, after twenty kilometers of gentle climbs, the end of the stage is reached.
Wednesday, June 15: Rest
5: Thursday, June 16. Busca Peveragno (146.6 km)
The fifth stage of the Giro Sub 23, of almost 147 kilometers, crosses entirely the territory of Cuneo, from Busca to Peveragno. Leaving Busca, the road begins to climb gently towards the 617m Colletto di Rossana, before branching off on the first pass of the day. Once up, a rapid descent via Valmala and Venasca leads back to Busca, via a pass a few hundred meters from the start of the stage. The race heads towards the Stura stream, which it crosses at Castelletto, then towards the final circuit of Peveragno. Only ten kilometers of slightly ascending road separate the towns of Busca and Peveragno. Here begins the fourteen kilometer circuit which will be repeated three times with the harshness of the third category mountain pass of Pilone del Colletto.
6: Friday, June 17. Boves-Colle Fauniera (110.7 km)
The decisive stage begins in Boves and ends at the famous Colle della Fauniera. From Boves, the road climbs to Pilone del Colletto and then descends to Peveragno and Bivio di San Lorenzo. In Caraglio, 575 meters above sea level, the group begins the first ascending section that leads to Colle di Fauniera. Here the road enters a narrow gorge before turning to tackle the steep slopes. It remains 21 km to reach the summit of 2,480 meters, the hardest. At Campomolino the road climbs with double-digit gradients and numerous hairpin bends through dense vegetation. Ramps with a gradient greater than 15% and the classic series of hairpin bends force climbers out. On arrival, on the left, the statue of Marco Pantani dominates the scene.
7: Saturday, June 18. Cuneo Pinerolo (142 km)
Seventh and final stage of the iconic and at the same time treacherous Giro Sub-23. Cuneo – Pinerolo in cycling has always been synonymous with emotions. Starting from Cuneo, the road climbs slightly towards the Colletto di Rossana and then crosses Saluzzo towards the third category pass of Paesana, located at 643 meters above sea level. After twenty kilometers, the group crosses for the first time the finish line of Pinerolo, located 445 meters from the hill of San Maurizio, after a very hard climb, with peaks of 20% on cobblestones, on the wall of the Via Principi d’Acaja, third category. The circuit of two laps connects Pinerolo, Bricherasio and the wall loop Via Principi d’Acaja for a total of 21 km.
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