Big ride: On the slopes of Gran Sasso

Trevor Ward 16 May 2018 After the Giro visited Gran Sasso, Cyclist takes on the 31km climb deep in the heart of Italy Words Trevor Ward Photography Pete Goding At a fork in the road, a solitary Italian shepherd is selling plump wheels of Pecorino cheese. He doesn’t look like he’s getting much trade in these remote parts, and we don’t stop to give him any business either. Instead, a swift left turn delivers us into the wind-whipped mountain amphitheatre of Campo Imperatore – the Emperor’s Field. We’re in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, a 2,014 square kilometre arena of brooding limestone and dolomite peaks, slithering glaciers and seductively silent roads in the Apennines of central Italy. See related Analysis: How things stand after nine stages of the 2018 Giro d'Italia Giro d'Italia 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know Cyclist Track Days 2018: ...

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