The road race will start in Montecatini Terme, than will proceed to Lucca and will end in Florence for a circuit that includes a 4.6km climb to Fiesole. The elite men’s race is over 270 km, and includes several other climbs and a twist through the center of Florence before 10 laps of the finishing circuit. Elite women will race for more than 130 km and covers five laps of the finishing circuit.
It’s the first time that Tuscany welcomes this worldwide renowned event and this seems to keep on the Tuscan historical passion for cycling, which offered in past and recent times famous cyclists such as Gino Bartali (in the picture), Fiorenzo Magni, Mario Cipollini and Paolo Bettini.
A stage of the 2013 “Giro d’Italia” is also likely to finish in Florence and the city hopes to host as well the start of the Tour the France in 2014, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gino Bartali.
Over a million people are expected to attend the racing from the roadside, with half a million expected to travel to Florence to see the elite men’s road race. A nice occasion for combining a Tuscany holiday staying in a beautiful villa in the countryside, with a unique sport event that everyone – adults and children – will love.