The 107th edition of this race will be held along a substantially flat route from the start in Borgofranco d’Ivrea until shortly after the first crossing of the finish line in Favria, where a 74 km circuit begins. After Castellamonte, the riders will face an uninterrupted series of climbs and descents, tackling the Colleretto Castelnuovo, a climb of about 7 km at 3.4% and the ascent of Faiollo (5.1 km at 5.4%) among others. The athletes will then reach Pont Canavese and, after the bridge over the Orco river, the hardest climb of the race will be tackled: i.e. the Alpette, about 5 km at 9% and gradients reaching 17% in the first part on a rather narrow road. A fast descent will take the riders to Cuorgnè, where the Pratiglione climb (4.4 km at 3.4%), the last challenge of the day, will begin.
The last 5 km are practically flat on relatively wide roads with various traffic obstacles (roundabouts, traffic islands, etc.) and street furniture. Final straight of 200 m, very wide (7 m wide) on asphalt.
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Borgofranco d’Ivrea (Piedmont), small agricultural village, built towards the end of 1200 by the will of the bishop of Ivrea and the Marquis of Monferrato to constitute an outpost in a disputed area ( borgo-franco) Over the centuries and with ups and downs it has been transformed into the current residential complex at the confluence of an important road junction that connects Piedmont, Biella, Valle d’Aosta and from there France and Switzerland and on the Turin-Aosta railway line.
In ancient times, pilgrims from England (Canterbury) and France travelled from Borgofranco to Rome along the Via Francigena. Route still current and much used by slow tourism – sustainable.
A territory crossed by the river Dora Baltea (tributary of the Po) where thesigns left by a history of agro-pastoral economy are still evident: from the ancient Ricetto, almost intact, with the regularity of its streets and the typical rural architecture of the houses consisting of two or three floors with large arched loggias and large “travà” for hay storage and below stables, to the villages scattered around, each with its often very ancient church and a beautiful Romanesque bell tower in the hamlet of San Germano.
What distinguishes Borgofranco from the other villages of Canavese is the extraordinary complex of Balmetti, spontaneous architectures born on the basis of cellars that exploit air currents (“now”) at constant temperature from natural cavities and produced by geo-eventsspecial natural (paleofrana). An extraordinary territory characterized by the charm of an ancient village and the quiet beauty of a varied landscape made of soft hills where nature, art and culture make an interesting visit.
A place that timidly opens its doors offering hospitality and hospitality to tourists constantly looking for excellence. On foot or by bike you can walk the Via Francigena through the municipal territory offers an interesting route so you can admire the terraced vineyards, the complex of Balmetti with the former brewery De Giacomi, the ancient Ricetto and the seventeenth-century Palazzo Marini.
The territory has maintained over time the cultivation of local agricultural products passing down over time the gastronomic specialties ( poor dishes of the peasant cuisine): salami, lard, mocetta, cheese aged in the Balmetti , good wine and typical desserts (canestrelli), the latter consumed by the English Crown.
The Municipality of Borgofranco of Ivrea creating the brand De.CO . and bet on the enhancement of the local products and from that stems a narrow and deep relationship Between the producers and the territory .
All this needs to hold in count the elements of specificity of the typical products and in particular:
- The link of the typical product with the territory and the importance from the specific resources of the territory. In the productive process of the product;
- The collective character arising from the involvement of a plurality of producers between them.
- The link with the local community: the value of the typical product often goes beyond the businesses who commercialize it.
The typical sweet is more known as “canestrello”
Canestrelli from Borgofranco of Ivrea
The “Canestrello” goes back at the medieval time, indeed _ during the feasts they prepared the Nebule, cakes made with flour and butter, these were used to pay for the performances of the actors-clerics and the organizers of the games . In Borgofranco the Canestrelli are produced and exported abroad , especially they arrived at the table of Late Queen Elizabeth of England which used to be an admirer . After the discovery of the Americas, the importation of cocoa in Piedmont (1650) was introduced. This new ingredient was added, characterizing like this the Canestrelli of Borgofranco D’Ivrea as known today. Once the hot plates, that serve to give the mold and the typical shape, were warmed up on the fire, now they are warmed up electrically . These waffles , with various flavors like lemon , vanilla and cocoa, still keep their ancient traditional form : crunchy , very thin and imprinted with coats of arms of the family, these are the characteristics that distinguish those of Borgofranco of Ivrea.
A town in the plain, of ancient origin; it bases its economy on traditional agricultural activities, together with a modest industrial activity. The territory, fertile and productive, has a wavy geometric profile, with barely accentuated altimetric variations.
The etimology of the toponym is to be found in the Latin word FABRICA, whose attestation dates back to 1110.
In the 12th century, the jurisdiction of the feud was granted to the counts of Canavese by Henry V. Later, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa became the owner and entrusted the government to the marquises of Monferrato. Among historical-architectural evidences of its past we mention: the castle built in the 13th century, surrounded by a garden that houses over one hundred year old trees; the parish church of Saints Michael, Peter and Paul, built in the 18th century, in baroque and rococo style; the church of Saint Michael of medieval origin, next to which stands a valuable bell tower in Romanesque style and the church of Saint Peter “Vecchio” flanked by a Romanesque style bell tower.
Agricultural production includes cereals, wheat, fodder, grapes and other fruits. Part of the population is engaged in cattle farming and there are many horse-riding stables. The industrial activity consists of metalworking and chemical production companies. The tertiary sector is made up not only of a good commercial network but also of a range of services, including banking and insurance. There is no lack of facilities for social, sporting and leisure activities, located in the town and managed by various associations; municipal parks are very popular. The school complex is well developed and includes nursery, primary and lower secondary schools. There is a civic library for cultural enrichment. The accommodation facilities offer catering services.
Events: the traditional zootechnical Fair of “Sant’Isidoro” at the end of March, which is now in its 45th edition, with “la Bataille de Reines” (a fight between pregnant cows) and the patronal feast of Saints Peter and Paul, which is celebrated on June 29, with the large funfair and the always appreciated fireworks.