From Martinsicuro the pink caravan crosses our region until it reaches Fano between walls and tears

MARTINSICURO The Walls are there, the cobblestones if you want too, the sea never goes more than a handful of kilometers away and the weather promises tantrums and a few drops of…

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MARTINSICURO The Walls are there, the cobblestones if you want too, the sea never goes further than a handful of kilometers away and the weather promises tantrums and a few drops of rain. It looks like Flanders but instead it is the Marche on the day in which the Giro d’Italia offers the twelfth stage of the 107th edition. From Martinsicuro, a border town between our region and Abruzzo, to Fano.

In total 193 km

In total there are 193 kilometers without ever a banal moment spread along all the provinces of the Marche, in order Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata, Ancona and Pesaro-Urbino. The first part of the race, about fifty kilometres, is entirely on the shores of the Adriatic. Then in Civitanova you turn in the direction of the Upper Town and from there until the finish line it will be very difficult to catch your breath for those who don’t have the right leg. Montelupone, Castelfidardo, Recanati and Osimo in succession and the mind goes back to the Tirreno Adriatico of 2021: stage number 5 with people closed in the balconies and competitive hell on the rain-soaked road. If Van Der Poel were also there, we could relive the long-distance duel with Tadej Pogacar who is wearing the Pink Jersey today as he was the Blue Jersey yesterday, in short, always the man to beat. But the battle does not end in the city of the accordion, indeed there are still Monsano, Ostra and La Croce, short but ferocious tears if faced with an empty head and legs.

The arrival

If that’s not enough, before arriving in Fano there is the unprecedented Monte Giove, a short climb of just over 2.5 km. However, the gradient reaches double figures in several sections, not to mention that the speedometer for the day will already read 180-odd. And the weather promises tantrums. This is the effort that is made in the Marche by pedaling, this is the spectacle that can only be found in these parts. A greater difficulty comes from the location of the stage, inserted between yesterday’s long and expensive stage and tomorrow’s Riccione-Cento stage which is completely flat and much sought after by the teams of sprinters who have so far had little to spare, given that he always wins them Milan. In short, whoever wants to take over Fano, or thinks about the ranking, will have to do their part without being able to rely too much on their teammates. Here is exactly who we have to wait for. It’s too easy to say Pogacar and maybe even wrong. Because the Cannibal of the new millennium wants the scepter in Rome and has already demonstrated that he knows how to count with efforts despite his wild instinct.

The Camerte Pellizzari

Among the Italians, Giulio Pellizzari from Cameroon deserves a mention first and foremost, a professional climber with just 20 years on his identity card. But Pellizzari knows well the pitfalls and possibilities that these roads hide and has no worries about rankings. He wants to have fun and we could really see him on the attack. Just as the other Italians Ballerini, Velasco (with the tricolor champion’s jersey), Trentin and De Marchi are without worries. Different things however for Tiberi (new white jersey after the abandonment of Cian Uijtdebroeks), Zana and Fortunato who are in the top ten and will hardly have room for maneuver despite their characteristics which would also adapt to this type of route. Meanwhile, in yesterday’s stage in Francavilla a Mare, Jonathan Milan conceded an encore in the sprint ahead of Groves and Lonardi. In the general classification Pogacar precedes Daniel Martinez by 2’40” and Geraint Thomas by 2’56”, who nibbles 2” away from the pink jersey thanks to the flying finish in Fossacesia.

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