Giro dell'Emilia

Procycling - - Prologue -

30 Septem­ber, 1. HC, Italy Emilia is one of Italy's most ven­er­a­ble one-day races. It dates back to 1909, which makes it the same age as the Giro d'Italia, four years younger than Il Lom­bar­dia and two years younger than Mi­lan-San Remo. Per­haps if cir­cum­stances had turned out di fer­ently, it could have be­come a mon­u­ment. Ei­ther way, the 100th edi­tion of the race, which has been given spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion by the UCI to ex­ceed 200km, will be a pres­ti­gious a fair. Emilia has a var­ied and tele­genic par­cours, with one of the most spec­tac­u­lar up­hill in­ishes in the sport. The 4km-long Madonna di San Luca is the crux of the course - it is not only a tough climb, but it's lined by the colon­nade of the Por­tico di San Luca whose 666 arches count down the me­tres to the top. Last year's win­ner: Este­ban Chaves, who went on to take out Il Lom­bar­dia.

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