The provisional entry list for Wednesday 12 August’s 104th GranPiemonte presented by EOLO, organized by RCS Sport in collaboration with the Piedmont Region, has been announced. The pros will compete in the splendid hills of the Langhe, along a particularly challenging route, just days before Il Lombardia presented by UBI Banca begins.
On the road will be 18 teams consisting of 7 riders each (11 UCI WorldTeams and 7 wildcards, including the Italian National Team) with big names featuring, such as: Mathieu van der Poel, Giulio Ciccone, Gianluca Brambilla, Ivan Ramiro Sosa, Filippo Ganna, Gianni Moscon, Fabio Aru, Valerio Conti, Diego Ulissi, George Bennett, Aleksandr Vlasov, Davide Ballerini, Ion Izaguirre, Michael Albasini, Alessandro De Marchi, Simon Geschke, Andrea Pasqualon, Danny van Poppel and Giovanni Visconti, to name just a few.
Vincenzo Nibali is also expected to ride the race, contrary to his original plans. The Italian rider will take the place of his brother Antonio.
GRANPIEMONTE presented by EOLO (12 August) – 11 UCI WorldTeams and 7 wildcards (18 teams of 7 riders each)
UCI WORLDTEAMS – 11
WILDCARDS – 7
This year’s race follows a demanding route along the rolling Langhe hills, situated in the Piedmont provinces of Asti and Cuneo, that offers riders little chance for respite amidst a long series of climbs and descents. A 44km circuit through the vineyards of the Alba area is set to be completed twice in the race’s finale.
Riders will tackle the climbs of Rocchetta Palafea, Mango, Barbaresco and Diano d’Alba before entering the circuit after leaving Grinzane Cavour. The circuit itself features the climbs of La Morra, Barolo and Monforte d’Alba. The race’s final climb is the same the peloton faced at the finish of the Barbaresco-Barolo ITT in 2014’s Giro d’Italia, now with an extra stretch of ascending required before reaching the line.
After descending from the town of Morra, the route takes a right turn that heads towards the race’s uphill finish. The road’s gradient remains at a constant 5 to 6% until another right turn 600m from the finish line that steepens the gradient to 8 or 9%. A left-hand corner 300m from the finish line leads onto the final 250m-long, 6m-wide asphalt finishing straight.