Stage 14: Campi Bisenzio - Monte Petrano 172km

By Procycling

Thursday, May 7, 2009 11.00pm

Tough, up and down stage

Route: The five climbs and serpentining route offer ideal terrain for a break, but the overall contenders will need to be on guard against possible ambushes by their rivals. If the GC battle is still close, this could be a very fast and nervous stage, where breakaways find themselves chased down within sight of Bologna's tough uphill finish.

Local Hero: Katusha's Luca Mazzanti is in the veteran category at 35, but he won't be lacking for incentive today as he races into his home city on home roads that he knows well and suit his ability perfectly.

Procycling's Top Tip: The final climb is also the finish for the one-day Giro dell'Emilia, won by Danilo Di Luca, Gilberto Simoni, Ivan Basso and Davide Rebellin in recent seasons. After his doping case, Rebellin won't be riding but the other previous winners will be.

Savio speaks: San Luca, an arrival that is famous for the Giro dell'Emilia every fall. It will be another stage where there won't be major differences, but the stage will be open for escapees; the classification men won't kill themselves over this.

The profile reminds me of the stage last year to Cesena where we won with our rider Alessandro Bertolini. Bologna is a city known for all kinds of food, including its Bolognese sauce and Tortellini.


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