Monday, January 9, 2012

Prati di Tivo at the Roof of Abruzzo

Prati di Tivo, "Tetto d’Abruzzo" (the Roof of Abruzzo), sits at 1450 meters above seal level on the slopes of the Corno Piccolo in the Gran Sasso Mountains. It was here that Lampre-ISD's cyclists Michele Scarponi and team mate Alessandro Spezialetti found themselves on the last day of 2011 to ride the the Prati di Tivo climb. The climb is rumored to be on Tirreno-Adriatico 2012.

"Tirreno-Adriatico will be my first main target of 2012, so I'd like to be well prepared," Scarponi explained. "As there is a possibility that this climb will be in the race I preferred to see it for myself. Unfortunately, we had to stop in Pietracamela, 6 km to the top because of the snow. Spezialetti desscribed the last 6km and with the parts of the road that I could see it indicates me that this could be a tough climb".

Prato di Tivo in better weather:

The Tirreno-Adriatico dates are March 7 to March 13.

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