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 5: Rieti – Fermo, 209 km
A look at today’s roadbook presents a typically beautiful stage: A long, gradual 43km climb from Rieti at 400m above sea level to tiny Torrita at 1000m followed by some 60-odd-km of descent towards the coast with a circuit based finale featuring numerous ascents of various 20%-plus short, sharp walls, or muri. The terrain and scenery offer up fantastic racing and spectacle yet one cannot help but remember the devastating earthquakes that have struck this part of the world so recently and the peloton collectively paid their respects during the days racing.
“We crossed Italy today and the most memorable part of the day was passing through the areas that were recently affected by some pretty major earthquakes. During the stage, you could see that there was nothing left and these towns were completely destroyed. Even when we are going that fast, we all paid attention to the towns and knew that they had almost completely disappeared. You can’t ignore something like that.
After that, we crossed the rest of Italy and arrived in Fermo. This part of Italy doesn’t have that many big towns and Fermo actually counts as a pretty big town. It is an old mountain town with a historic center at the top of the mountain. It’s best known for its pancetta pasta dish.
We are staying near Fermo, yet I don’t know this area very well. What I do know is that we will be back here in San Benedetto Del Tronto on the final day for the time trial…