Coppa Sabatini 2013

This is a cracking race taking place in the provence of Pisa.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 21.59.12We have a circuit race,going through some beautiful villages and towns.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 22.04.57The red section is 21.1km long and features a 1km,9% climb.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 22.06.17The yellow section is 21.5km long and features a 5km climb of 2.3% and 1.2km climb at 6%.This section is done 6 times.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 22.08.36© Image: http://www.coppasabatini.it

The green section features the end of the race with a 1km climb of around 6%.This section is done 4 times.

It’s a great race,full of narrow streets and steep climbs,very Italian.

In 2012,a group of 6 riders broke clear and contested the last climb together,take a look.

It was a big surprise to see Visconti not win.He’s won this race twice and has a 2nd place to his name.If he wins it a 3rd time he becomes the most successful cyclist,ever,in this race.

In 2011,the peloton arrived together and Enrico Battaglin won the sprint.

This makes the final tough to predict:a break or a sprint?

The big news today is that Pozzovivo and Felline won’t start.Pozzovivo would have been a big favourite but he still needs time to recover from his crash on Sunday.

That means the following riders should be fighting it out for the win:

Duarte – defending champion.

Duque – Team Colombia’s other option if it’s a sprint.

Villella – Cannondale’s very good 22 year who has just won the baby Lombardia.

Ulissi – in great form but could be tiring.

Montaguti – AG2R’s man now Pozzovivo is out.

Pellizotti – in great form and the Androni man is due a win but would like a steeper finish.

Battaglin – former win and Bardiani’s man for a sprint.

Finetto – great recent form for the Vini Fantini man.

Rabottini – 3rd in 2012 and another option for Vini Fantini.

Rovny – very consistent Russian riding for Ceramica Flaminia,always does well in these Italian races.

Sinkewitz – back to his brilliant best,riding for Meridiana.

If it ends in a sprint I would expect to see Ulissi,Battaglin and Duque fighting it out but I have a feeling that Sinkewitz might just win solo.He’s in superb form just now and could really rip up the race on the closing circuit.

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