Today we watch the Giro stage 13 on the penultimate climb, Pian del Lupo.
Get a Bloomin’ Move On and a mountain stage
The Giro d’Italia mascot is a Wolf, known as Lupo (the Italian word for Wolf). The English say “break-a-leg” to wish an actor luck, Italian’s say “In bocca al lupo”, translated “into the mouth of the wolf”. The penultimate climb today is translated the “plain of the Wolf”. Aptly named drawing our attention to the mascot, and possibly the significance of the final climb; the set location for the famous 1969 movie “The Italian Job”. Famous for Michael Caine’s one-liners, the closing bus crash scene and it’s theme song “Get a Bloomin’ Move On”. We expect favourites will do just that today.
We’ll travel to the second climb of today’s course to see the race. It’s up to you how far you’d like to climb up Pian del Lupo, similar to yesterday it is 9 km at 9%, with 14% pinches.
After watching the Giro d’Italia race pass, we’ll group at a local bar and watch the closing moments on television before making our short transfer to our next hotel.
Our hotel for the next 2 nights is situated in the Aosta Valley, a long valley in the North-West region of Italy, connecting the highest peaks of Europe with the Po Plain. Our 3-star hotel with clean and modern rooms is close to a historic Roman bridge that is worth a look during our stay. This evening, you are free to have dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.
TODAY IN THE GIRO D’ITALIA RACE
Stage 13: Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale *****, 188km
Until now the race favourites have been grabbing small amounts of advantage where they can. Today, the 3 big categorised climbs will be the first judgement of their preparation for the season. We’d expect the peloton to be quite reserved over the first climb before a selection takes shape on the second climb.