Today we will climb, to Montoso before visiting Pinerolo for the Giro Italia stage 12 finish.
Fausto Coppi 70 years on and a stage finish
Being a short stage today, it will start early afternoon. This will give lots of time for a morning ride before seeing the Giro d’Italia race later in the day. The most exciting part of today’s course is the short and snappy climb through Pinerolo. We’ll head there on our bikes. As with each day on our itinerary, we have an easier ride option as well as something more challenging.
Our easier option is to stay on the flatter roads and ride to Pinerolo, stopping for coffee in a beautiful village along the way, about 65km. If you’d like it a bit shorter, you can start your ride from our coffee stop. The challenging ride will take a slightly different route after our coffee stop and tackle today’s main climb, to Montoso. A solid short climb to start our trip, averaging 9.4% grade for 9 km. In Italy, I’d suggest hiding your gradient from your Garmin display!
Both rides will have us in Pinerolo well before the Giro d’Italia race finish. For those managing a steady pace, you’ll see the race twice through the village. Grab a gelati before the final lap and have a stroll through the wonderful architecture and pedestrian areas of Pinerolo. We’ll return to our hotel for another dinner tonight.
TODAY IN THE GIRO D’ITALIA RACE
Stage 12: Cuneo to Pinerolo ***, 146km
Riders will have the alps and the ever impressive Monte Viso as the backdrop to today’s stage. With a start and finish location the same as the famous stage in 1949. This stage is more considerate to the peloton with only the one significant climb. However, the punchy climbers will launch their attack on the steep pavement in Pinerolo and try and hold off the peloton for the final 3km. An exciting finish to see.