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