Day 1: Milan to Alice Bel Colle
After a short tour briefing, the teams start from the tour hotel in the south of Milan. First we follow a canal that connects Milan to Pavia for quite a while. Since we are cycling in the Po Valley for almost the entire day, the route (apart from the final ascent) does not have any noteworthy elevations for us. We cross the river Ticino and later the Po and many of its tributaries. Behind Allesandria with its imposing citadel we enter the wineyard of the Asti region, which will accompany us to our first stage destination. The final ascent of 250 meters to the rustic mountain village of Alice Bel Colle is a first impression of the mountains that await us in the next days.
Route character: flat
Day 2: Alice Bel Colle to Genoa
Today we discover the Ligurian coast. IBut beforehand there are still some sweaty climbs through the Ligurian Apennines. At Varazze we reach the Ligurian coast and the wide sandy beaches offer a great opportunity to cool off in the sea. We are cycling on the flat coast road, where rocky coast sections with small bays alternate with long beaches. At the end of the stage we reach the port city of Genoa, which we (unfortunately) have to cross completely to reach our destination for the day in the eastern part of Genoa.
Track 2 enjoys the mountains a little longer with great panoramas and a very steep (!!!) descent to the sea before it meets track 1 at Cogoleto.
Route character: hilly (Track 1), very hilly (Track 2)
Day 3: Genoa - Pignone
We continue to cycle eastwards along the coast, which now and then has a few small climbs and fantastic panoramas for us. The coastal road ends at Sestri Levante and we turn into the hilly back country. We now have to climb almost 600 meters in altitude, but then it's downhill again to our hotel in the green hills.
After the ascent, track 2 turns down to the sea again and rides a very nice coastal bike path to Levanto before returning to the hilly hinterland.
Route character: hilly
Day 4: Pignone to Pistoia
We reach the port city of La Spezia soon after starting the stage. The border of the Tuscany region is not far abway now and we pedal pm the coastal road along kilometers of sandy beaches. At Pietrasanta we turn into the Tuscan hinterland and cycle through a green hilly landscape to Lucca, which is a good place to stop. It continues mostly flat, but always with the mountains of northern Tuscany in view, to Pistoia, today's stage destination.
After Camaiore, Track 2 turns even more into the beautiful hills before rejoining the regular route at Lucca.
Route character: wavy
Day 5: Pistoia - Bologna
The last day offers a lot of hard work in the saddle again. Immediately after leaving Pistoia there is a climb of around 700 meters with some very steep sections. We are now in the middle of the Apennines. At Pontepetri we cacle for quite a while in a river valley, always slightly downstream, before we have to overcome one last mountain at Sasso Marconi before we reach our tour destination near Bologna.
Track 2 starts with a different route from Pistoia and has to climb 900 m without warming up. We cycle along the Lago di Suviana reservoir, the last chance for a wet cool down, and later both tracks unite and the tour destination is not far.
Route character: hilly