The undulating countryside and the ramps leading to Florence’s centre will tear apart this year’s World Championships road races. After a leg from Lucca, the circuit takes in three climbs: Fiesole, Salviati and Trento.

The road to the Fiesole, with its Roman amphitheatre and views of Florence, is gentle but 4.37 kilometres long. Its grade reaches nine per cent before crossing the town. After squeezing through its centre, the descent is smooth but twisty.

If the climb to Fiesole was a cappuccino, Via Salviati and Via Trento are caffè ristrettos – short but strong. Instead of heading directly into Florence on the SR302, the course turns a sharp right, killing any momentum, onto Via Salviati.

The road kicks upwards in two sections, both equally steep, and levels off at the top after 600 metres. Once in town, Via Trento shoots up 200 metres to cross a train line and start the final 2.68 kilometres.

Strava details:

Fiesole: http://www.strava.com/segments/781109

Salviati: Does not exist (yet!)

Trento: http://www.strava.com/segments/2450837



A gentle start



Turns towards San Domenico



San Domenico and Fiesole above



The gradient begins to increase



Franco Ballerini watches the road kick to 9%



The gradient at its worst



Rounds up through the corner, steep section over



Through the hairpin to Fiesole



Church in city centre of Fiesol



Fiesole



View of Florence



Salviati’s first ramp after a sharp right turn



Second ramp with rider walking



Eases off at top



The Trento wall starts after a left turn



It launches into space



The final 300 metres

Related links



Road World Championships 2013: Coverage index