94th Giro d’Italia, Stage 5 profile

By: albertocontadornotebook

Apr 24 2011

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Stage 5, Wednesday, May 11: Piombino – Orvieto, 191 km (medium mountain)

Route (giant image)

The first appearance of unpaved roads, strade bianche, in this edition of the Giro occurs in the latter part of this stage.

The final upward tilt of the route goes up the side of the volcanic butte that forms the base of the city of Orvieto.

The finish line at the Piazza Cahen is outside the door of the funicular terminal, which offers a convenient way back down the hill for any rider with a spare euro for a ticket in his jersey pocket.

May 11, update: From J.E. Ezquerro at as.com

The Giro crosses 19 kilometers of dirt road today

Contador doesn’t like this stage, says it could be traumatic

After a day of mouring and a homage to Wouter Weylandt, the 5th stage of the Giro d’Italia, from Piombion to Orvieto (191 km), will cross 19 kilometers of packed dirt road. Rain is not expected.

The teams have prepared special equipment. Tires will be thicker, like those used in Paris-Roubaix, with more pronounced and deeper tread for better grip. Mechanics and ancillary staff will be positioned throughout the 19 kilometers of dirt road in order to solve any problems more quickly and effectively. If you come unhitched, without teammates, you could lose precious time.

The first section of dirt road will cover the last 3 kilometers of the ascent to the Croce di Fighine, a 3rd-category climb located 36 kilometers from Orvieto. The rest will come later, mostly on descents. At 2 kilometers from the finish line, riders will be faced with a hill with slopes of as much as 15% maximum gradient. Quite a piece of mischief, perfect for people like Scarponi, Nibali or Purito Rodriguez.

Alberto Contador isn’t especially enthusiastic about this stage: “I remember the cronoescalada at Plan de Coronoes in 2008, with a similar surface. As I rode the last one, I only had a narrow margin where there weren’t any ruts and nobody else had gone through. I hope that in this one we don’t have any problems and we manage to get though okay.”

After the neutralized stage yesterday, look for action from riders who aspire to wear pink.

And according to Saxo’s Richie Porte, to Cyclingnews at the start of the stage:  “I think it’s going to be a real shit fight. I think I would have preferred rain, as more guys would have been beaten before the start.”

“The Croce di Fighine really kicks up at the left hand bend 500 metres from summit. Before that it’s not so steep, but the roads are narrow and dust will be everywhere, so it will be very important to be in front before the climb starts.”

“The descent will cause problems too, roads are unmade most of the way down. Teams have staff waiting with spare wheels over the top of the climb.”

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