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 4: Montalto Di Castro – Terminillo, 171 km
Today, the Tirreno-Adriatico finally turns left and begins its charge across the spine of Italia in order to keep its appointment with Adriatic for the finale on Tuesday. Finishing atop Monte Terminillo, it’s the Queen Stage and, thankfully, it’s not a case of “Off with her head!” this year as it was in 2016, which saw the mountain top finish at the ski resort curtailed due to lots of snow. Firstly, however, comes a dash across the vast plain of the Rieti province – once a huge lake until the Romans drained it all a couple of thousand years ago and created the fertile basin that the area is now – after more snaking up the typical, densely wooded foothills we have grown accustomed to in the previous days. Ciclissimo! will never grow tired of such terrain: The terracotta tiles and green shutters of the precariously pitched hamlets, the smell of woodsmoke through the trees and the buzz of the ubiquitous 3-wheeled Ape around every other corner.
But it is the rarefied atmosphere of the towering, icing sugar snow-capped Abruzzi Apennine mountain range, sat impassively under the rich, azure skies, that will shape this stage and is at the forefront of Andrea & the squad’s minds despite being sat in the piazza under pleasingly warm sun at the start…
“It will be sunny today but we still have to go up to 2,000 meters.March in Italy at 2,000 meters can get really cold: It’ll be colder than previous days. When we prepped this morning, we didn’t go all the way to winter gear, but we put on some vests. The top of the climb is supposed to be around 0 degrees C, so we all have already arranged with soigneurs to have jackets ready for us when we arrive at the summit…”