Ciclissimo! is pleased to be racing from the sea to the land beyond at the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico with Andrea Peron as Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all diabetes pro-cycling team, make their debut at this prestigious and stunning Italian WorldTour stage race. Follow the 28 year old sprinter from Veneto as he traverses between the two seas of Italia which give the race its name.
Stage 2: Camaiore – Pomarance, 228 km
Whilst promenading along the seafront may be over for now, the Race of the Two Seas still has a waft of brine in its nostrils as it heads south through classic Italian bike-racing country. The peloton face a pan flat start to today’s stage – at 228km the longest of the race – with only the Leaning Tower of Pisa for vertiginous distraction before they hit rolling, verdant, medieval-walled town topped hills of picture postcard Tuscany, at the halfway point.
The combative profile is perfectly fitting; the breathtaking beauty of the countryside shrouds a combative and bloody, feudal history, none more so than as it passes through Volterra, the seat of the Pazzi Conspiracy of 1478.The Pazzi family, Florentine nobles, took exception to the legendary Medici family’s grip on power and attempted to assassinate its leaders. It all went wrong and the Pazzi were duly hung and left to rot from the Medici’s Palazzo della Signoria in the heart of Firenze. Volterra is also home to the Volturi, a coven of rich, regal, powerful ancient vampires in the ‘Twilight’ series. I guess losing precious sleep to the knock on the door of the UCI’s own ‘vampires’ is not the riders’ only worry today…