Giro d’Italia 2013: Stage 9
When: Sunday, May 12
From: San Sepolcro
Category: Medium mountains
The World Championships will be in mind because the last 16.1km cover the same circuit that will be used in the race for the rainbow jersey four months later. To get there, the riders cross Tuscany. From Arezzo, they will race the roads on which Gino Bartali trained and, during the war, delivered false documents to Jews to assist their escape.
The last time the Giro visited the birthplace of the Renaissance, in 2009, Cavendish won. This Giro won’t see a sprint, but will likely see a successful escape as the GC teams let down their guards after the last two days of racing.
Four categorised climbs feature on the stage. The last one, Fiesole, is 6km into the Worlds circuit and around 10km to the line. Once in town, the stage passes the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo on the way to the stadium.
In any direction you walk in Florence, you are surrounded by art and history. Instead, you should head to Ponte a Ema to visit Bartali’s birthplace and the museum dedicated to him. Learn how he saved up to 800 Jews during the war, an action that is now earning praise from Israel.