Stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia 2014 is a 247 km medium mountain stage from Sassano to Montecassino. It is the second longest stage of this years’ Giro. The Montecassino climb at the end of the stage is an another opportunity for the climbers to test their legs.
DATE: May 15 2014, Thursday
STAGE TYPE: Medium mountain
START-FINISH: Sassano (469m) > Montecassino (484m)
LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 247.0 km
Sassano is a town and comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy.
Montecassino (Monte Cassino) is a rocky hill about 130 kilometres (81 mi) southeast of Rome, Italy, c. 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the west of the town of Cassino (the Roman Casinum having been on the hill) and 520 m (1,706.04 ft) altitude.St. Benedict of Nursia established his first monastery, the source of the Benedictine Order, here around 529. It was the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, where the building was destroyed by Allied bombing and rebuilt after the war. The site has been visited many times by the Popes and other senior clergy, including Pope Benedict XVI in May 2009. The monastery is one of the few remaining territorial abbeys within the Catholic Church. Until his resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on 12 June 2013, the Territorial Abbot of Monte Cassino was Pietro Vittorelli.
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