Let’s look a little closer at some of the details now. The next four or five posts will be specifically about: The Cima Coppi, Fausto Coppi himself, clothing, tools, bike and philosophies for the ride. Referring back to the preliminary itinerary laid out for Lawrence, May 19th is going to be the climactic stage of the his tour. Stage 10 for the pros and Stage 16 for Lawrence will be a monster day comprised of 250km of riding and 5 mountain passes. It makes us sick just thinking about it. The profile of the stage looks like this:
There are a few simple reasons why this stage in particular is very important to Lawrence: First, it will be the last of the ‘morning-before-the-pro-departure’ rides, representing a intermediate triumph /conclusion of sorts. Second, it simply is the longest, most difficult stage he will ride, and in fact, a stage that intimidates even many of the pros. This stage is not only the longest stage of any featured in the three grand tours this year, but also the only stage to feature five – Cat 1 or greater climbs. The third climb – Col D’Izoard – is also dubbed the Cima Coppi, the highest of this years race and the namesake of our little company. Lastly, this stage celebrates one of the great feats in the career of Fausto Coppi himself, when 60 years ago, the same 250km Cuneo to Pinerolo stage was used in the 40th Giro D’Italia (it was also used in 1982), and Coppi rode in a solo break away alone for 192km finishing 11 minutes ahead of the next rider. Lawrence, himself, will be riding this stage alone, or he will attempt to, the question is whether or not he will be able.