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Stage 5 – 18/06/2021 CAGLIARI – CAGLIARI (170Km)

Pascal Ackermann wins last stage, Diego Ulissi wins the GC

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Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 5th and last stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana, his third success in the event after his victories on stages 2 and 3. In Cagliari, the German won in a sprint ahead of Colombian Jhonatan Restrepo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Belgian Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation), with Frenchman Maxime Bouet (Arkéa-Samsic) finishing at the bottom of the podium. Overall leader Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) finished in the 38 strong leading group and won the race ahead of Vanmarcke and Giovanni Aleotti (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Also for the fifth and last stage, departure and arrival in Cagliari. The route is flat for the first 48 km, following the straight and racy Strada Pedemontana. Subsequently the race turns towards south, changing the altitude profile and facing for the first time the GPM of the Valico di Punta Coremò, 4.5 km at 6.2%. The descent presents no particular problems, with a wide roadway and without technical difficulties. The riders will then met some undulations before crossing Carbonia e return to the Pedemontana, from which, once left, they will face, for the second time, the climb to the Valico di Punta Coremò. The second GPM is after 101.4 km of racing, when there are still 68.8 km to go. It follows the same descent for a first stretch, and then deviate towards Narcao. Before finding the plain terrain again, a new uncategorised climb takes to the artificial lake of Bau Pressiu and the descend following descent is gentle, albeit through countless curves and counter-curves, brings back to the straights of the Pedemontana Road, reached again with 32.5 km to go. From this point forward, the riders will follows exactly the finish of the third stage and will cross the arrival lane in Viale Armando Diaz in Cagliari.

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The first edition of the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana (Italian Cycling Week) – are on the roads of Sardinia. The UCI 2.1 class race will open with the first stage from Alghero to Sassari (157.6 km) and will end on Sunday 18 July. 144 athletes representing 21 teams will participate in the race.

Among the expected protagonists of the race, the Italian National Team which includes some of the road racers and pistards who will take part in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The team, directed by the “Commissario Tecnico” Davide Cassani, will include Alberto Bettiol, Gianni Moscon, Giulio Ciccone, the World Champion of the Time Trial and Individual Pursuit Filippo Ganna, the Olympic gold medalist of the omnium in Rio de Janeiro 2016 as well as the flag bearer of the Italian delegation during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, Elia Viviani and Michele Scartezzini.

In addition to Damiano Caruso, second in the recent Giro d’Italia, Jonathan Milan will compete with their team, the Bahrain Victorius together with Mark Padun, recent winner of two stages at the Tour de Suisse. Among the other big names at the start are, Giovanni Visconti of the Tuscan Diego Ulissi, winner of eight stages in the Giro d’Italia, Belgian Ben Hermans, recent winner of the Giro dell’Appennino, German sprinter winner of two stages in the Giro d ‘Italy 2019 Pascal Ackerman and the winner of the Sestola stage at the last Giro d’Italia Joe Dombrowski, the Swiss Gino Mader and the Russian Ilnur Zakarin.

Stage 1 – 14/07/2021 ALGHERO-SASSARI (157,6 Km)

Winning start for Ulissi at Settimana Ciclista Italiana

UAE Team Emirates rider strongest in the Sassari sprint

Full article on uaeteamemirated.com and full results procyclingstats.com

Diego Ulissi puts his signature on the first stage of the Italian Cycling Week on the roads of Sardinia. The Tuscan of UAE Team Emirates sprinted ahead of Alberto Bettiol (Italy) and Giovanni Aleotti (Bora – Hansgrohe).

THE RACE. The first part of the stage saw the the attack of the Norwegian Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Luca Wackermann (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team), the Swiss Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli), the Spanish Sagastibel Azurmendi (Euskatel-Euskadi), the Belgian Rune Herregodts of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise. Pellaud and Herregodts were the last to surrender at 17 km from the finish when a group of 24 units was formed with, among others Bettiol, Moscon, Ciccone, the Ukrainian Padun (Bahrain Victorius), Hermans (Israel Start Up Nation), Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Zakarin (Gazprom Rusvelo). In the final sprint Ulissi, winner of eight stages in the Giro d’Italia, preceded Alberto Bettiol, winner of the 2019 Giro delle Fiandre and of the Stradella stage at the last Giro d’Italia, and the young Giovanni Aleotti, recent winner of the Sibiu Tour in Romania.

It starts with a stage with a clearly divisible profile into 2 distinct parts. The first is characterised by very wide and straight roads, mainly flat. It is not difficult to hypothesise a very high speed, even to stimulate the first breakaway of the race. After the departure from Alghero, the race heads north until it reaches Porto Torres and looks out over the sea for a few kilometers, before heading south-east towards Sassari. The first passage on the finish line takes place after 55.4 km of the race, and ideally separates the 2 different parts of the race. From this point in fact, the profile becomes decidedly more varied and lively. These are not particularly hard climbs, but a continuous up and down, with an elevation gain of around 2,200 metres. 3 of these climbs are valid for the GPM classification. The first in the locality of Ossi, after 66.6 km of the race, at the end of a 4.0 km climb with an average gradient of 5.0%. The second, located at the Necropolis “Mesu ‘e Montes”, 23.4 km from the finish, a 3.3 km climb with an average gradient of 6.4% and with a short stretch between 9 and 10%. Finally, the last GPM of the day, placed at the top of the “Scala di Giocca”, a climb on a wide road full of hairpin bends that can represent an ideal springboard for those wishing to anticipate a sprint finish. The summit is placed just 5 km from the finish in Sassari, 3 km of which in wide roads and fast descent. The last bend will be located about 1300 meters from the finish, from that point a long straight, slightly uphill road, will lead to the finish line, located on a wide avenue.

Stage 2 – 15/06/2021 SASSARI – ORISTANO (185 Km)

Ackermann is the fastest in Oristano

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The second stage of the Italian Cycling Week 2021 ended with a group sprint. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), clearly beat Barnabas Peak (Team BikeExchange) and Sep Vanmarcke ( Israel Start-Up Nation), obtaining the third success in this month of July.

THE RACE. After 11km the first successful attempt of breakaway with Tsgabu Grmay (Team BikeExchange), Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec), Rune Herregodts (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise) , Laurent Pichon (Team Arkéa Samsic) and Emil Dima (Giotti Victoria – Savini) at large.

Pellaud won the first GPM with the breakaway holding more than 3 minutes advantage on the peloton. Under the Italy Team forcing, the escapes effort vanished and on the final GPM Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorius) was able to anticipate Pellaud. On the summit, the group broke into two sections and thirty riders got in front of the race.

Fausto Masnada (Italian National Team), Santiago Buitrago, Krists Neilands (Israel Start Up Nation) and Simon Pellaud again, attached but all was regrouped with seven km to go and counterattack by Masnada and Bettiol had no chance. The final sprint was dominated by tried to get out, but he didn’t have room with an unleashed platoon who didn’t want to miss the chance to get to the sprint. On the finish line, Pascal Ackermann was able to sprint to success.

The second stage foresees a substantially antithetical terrein compared to the first, with a rather rough profile in the initial and central part, while the last 40 kilometers are practically flat. However, the more than 2400 meters in altitude, combined with the distance (with 185.5 km it represents the longest stage of the race) and also the probable heat that could be encountered in the central stages of the route, will certainly make this day challenging. So it is not so obvious an arrival in compact ranks in Oristano. The first GPM of the day will be placed in Banari, at the end of 3.7 km of ascent with an average gradient of 5.4%. The second GPM will be placed in Bonorva, after a climb of 2.5 km with an average gradient of 5%, after 57.8 km of running. The route continues to alternate uphill and downhill sections until it reaches Macomer. A long glide in gentle descent leads to Cuglieri, where the climb towards the third GPM of the day will begin, Valico La Madonnina, which with an altitude of 881 m represents the highest altitude reached in the entire race. The climb measures 10.7km, and has an average gradient of 4.9%. The following long descent, not steep and on a wide and well asphalted road, will bring the riders to Campidano di Oristano, and after a first passage under the finish banner, the final circuit of 16.7 km will start. The circuit will be completely flat with long straights and some wide roundabouts, the finish line is set in the central Via Cagliari of Oristano.

Stage 3 – 16/06/2021 ORISTANO – CAGLIARI (181Km)

The Ackermann bis. In Cagliari the German wins again.

Second success in a row for Pascal Ackermann at the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana 2021 in Sardinia. After yesterday victory in Oristano, in the third stage of the new Italian stage race, the German sprinter Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) preceded, in a hard-fought sprint, the young Italian Jonathan Milan (Barhain-Victorius) and the French Rudy Barbier (Israel Start Up Nation).

The first breakaway of the day saw the attack of two Spaniards Sagastibel Azurmendi (Euskatel-Eskadi) and Arturo Gravalos (Eolo-Kometa), the Russian Igor Boev (Gazprom-Rusvelo), the Belgian Cedric Beullens (Sport-Vlaanderen -Baloise) and the New Zealander Paul Wright (Mg.k Vis VPM). However, the group did not allow them with too much advantage and the attempt ended with the final controlled by the top sprinters teams

Diego Ulissi confirmed as the leader of the general classification, with Pascal Ackermann leading the points classification. The Swiss Simon Pellaud wears the jersey of best climber and Giovanni Aleotti is at the top of the youth classification.

The third stage starts from Oristano and after 180.9 km will bring the race to Cagliari, for the first of the 3 arrivals scheduled in the Sardinian town. Judging by the overall elevation gain, about 1,500 meters (the least of all the stages), it could be consider the easiest of this Settimana. However, it should not be underestimated, both for the distance, more than 180 km, and that meteorological factors, such as wind and high temperatures, can make it more challenging than expected. The start will be on flat roads characterised by long straights and the possible presence of cross wind. Then the peloton will go inland, and after about fifty kilometers, the hilly part of the stage will begin, culminating with the short but suggestive ramp leading to Villacidro, valid as GPM (about 1.5 km at 5%). The race will then go though Passo Bidderdi, and after a fast descent to Fluminimaggiore, where the climb towards the second GPM of the day begins,
the Passo Genna e Bogai Pass, after 111.7 km. The climb, preceded by a long slight slope, measures about 8 km and has one average gradient of just under 5%. What characterises in particular both the ascent and the descent is the tortuosity, curves and counter-curves in very rapid succession, of the road, despite being wide and with a good road surface. At the end of the following descent the race will reach Iglesias and from here the profile changes completely: with long flat straights up to the finish line. Once entered in Cagliari, a very wide road will lead to the finish line, thought the the elegant Via Roma and Viale Armando Diaz, where the arrival is placed and a mass sprint expected.

Stage 4 – 17/0/2021 CAGLIARI – CAGLIARI (168Km)

Diego Ulissi wins stage 4 and remains leader

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Diego Ulissi won the first stage of the Settimana three days ago and has now taken his second victory in the 4th stage in Cagliari on Saturday. The UAE Team Emirates rider won the stage by sprinting ahead of his team-mate Aleksandr Riabushenko and Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation) at the end of a sprint by a small group of around 20 riders who gained an advantage on the penultimate climb. With this success, Ulissi consolidates his position at the top of the overall classification before the 5th and final stage on Sunday.

The Race – After a number of early attacks by several riders, including Filippo Ganna (Italian national team), five men were able to breakaway some 20 kilometres after the start. They were Evaldas Siskevicius (Delko), Aaron Verwilst (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Miguel Eduardo Florez (Arkea-Samsic), Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) and Raul Colombo (Work Service Marchiol Vega). These riders were able to build up a maximum lead of three minutes at the foot of the first GPM of the day, the San Giorgio climb, where Stefano Pirazzi (Amore & Vita) attacked from the peloton to trying without any success to get back to the front of the race. During the 10 km long climb second GPM, Villasalto, an acceleration from the group was able to catch the breakaways. During the climb the group got split with a the first part made up by around twenty cyclists including all main contenders for the general classification. The 23 unit strong first group, on top of the climb, had an advantage of more than a minute over the second part, a margin that remained practically unchanged even during the third GPM and last climb of the stage, with just over 50 kilometres to go. On the following stretch, the front group and the chasing pack engaged in a tug-of-war which was eventually won by the front group, whose advantage increased to over two minutes. Four of the 23 men in the front group then tried to attack , with Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious), Davide Villella (Movistar), Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hangrohe) and Sep Vanmarcke (Israel Start-Up Nation) all attempting to make a move with 20 kilometres to go, but their attempt came to nothing with 11km remaining. From that moment on, nothing else happened, and the leading group came together for the final sprint, where Diego Ulissi was once again the fastest. Full results @ procyclingstats.com

If the third stage was the one with the lowest overall altitude gain, the fourth, with departure and arrival in Cagliari, will be the stage with the
greater difference in height: almost 2500 meters to be overcome in the mountainous area of ​​Gerrei, north of the Sardinian capital. The first 30 km are almost flat, but after Dolianova things change and the first climb of the day begins: 4.0 km at 5.9% to reach the GPM located in San Giorgio, after 41.5 km. From this point on it will be a continuous of short climbs and
it descended, through San Nicolò Gerrei and Armungia, before descending towards the Flumendosa river valley. A few flat kilometers on a wide state road, with some very well-lit tunnels, before starting the demanding climb of Villasalto, 8.2 km at 5.5% with double-digit gradients in the central part
of the ascent. After a short descent, the climb resumes towards the third
and last GPM. The total climb is irregular and just under 10 km
and with an avg gradient of just over 4%. From the last GPM, there will be 56.2 km to the finish line, so those who lost ground on the previous ground got plenty of terrain to recover. The last long descent takes place on a very wide road, with a recently renovated road surface. Once in Cagliari, the peloton will reach ​​the Sant’Elia Stadium and at the ‘flame rouge’ after a wide double curve on the right, it enters Viale Armando Diaz replicating the same avenue of arrival of the previous stage.

Stage 5 – 18/06/2021 CAGLIARI – CAGLIARI (170Km)

Also for the fifth and last stage, departure and arrival in Cagliari. The route is flat for the first 48 km, following the straight and racy Strada Pedemontana. Subsequently the race turns towards south, changing the altitude profile and facing for the first time the GPM of the Valico di Punta Coremò, 4.5 km at 6.2%. The descent presents no particular problems, with a wide roadway and without technical difficulties. The riders will then met some undulations before crossing Carbonia e return to the Pedemontana, from which, once left, they will face, for the second time, the climb to the Valico di Punta Coremò. The second GPM is after 101.4 km of racing, when there are still 68.8 km to go. It follows the same descent for a first stretch, and then deviate towards Narcao. Before finding the plain terrain again, a new uncategorised climb takes to the artificial lake of Bau Pressiu and the descend following descent is gentle, albeit through countless curves and counter-curves, brings back to the straights of the Pedemontana Road, reached again with 32.5 km to go. From this point forward, the riders will follows exactly the finish of the third stage and will cross the arrival lane in
Viale Armando Diaz in Cagliari.

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