Stage 5 of Giro d’Italia 2013 edition is a flat stage between Cosenza and Matera. The length of the course is 203km.
DATE: May 08 2013, Wednesday
STAGE TYPE: Flat
START-FINISH: Cosenza (205m) > Matera (398m)
LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 203km
The Montescaglioso climb (21.3km before the finish line, highest point 309m) can make an elimination between sprinters, and the finish is slightly uphill. So better climbing sprinters may have an advantage for the stage win.
Cosenza is a city located at the confluence of two historic rivers, the Busento and the Crathis, in the Calabria region of southern Italy. The municipal population is of around 70,000; the urban area, however, counts over 260,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the homonymous Province of Cosenza, which has a population of around 733,000. The ancient town is the seat of the Cosentian Academy, the oldest academy of philosophical and literary studies to be founded in Italy (1511) and one of the oldest in Europe. To this day, the city remains a cultural hub with several museums, theatres, libraries, and the University of Calabria. (wikipedia)
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Comune di Montescaglioso is a historic town and comune in the Province of Matera, Basilicata, southern Italy. You can read more about Montescaglioso on wikipedia.
Matera is a town and a province in the region of Basilicata, in southern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Matera. The town lies athwart a small canyon, which has been eroded in the course of years by a small stream, the Gravina. (wikipedia)
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