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Giro d’Italia 2011, Stage 8: Sapri – Tropea 217km

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Just one stage left to work on the Giro d’Italia 2011 to Tropea … I’ll miss the race, the coffee, the weather, the Gazzetta – but not the time spent sitting in the car, before, during and after stages.

Saturday was a monstro – Salerno was where we spent the night; we had a two hour drive to the start, then a 217 kilometre stage followed by a mad breenge to the Sicily ferry, on the very toe of the Italian boot.

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The Rough Guide to Italy doesn’t rate Sapri; ‘not much of a place in itself’ – that’s not a good start.
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The view from the coastline is amazing though.
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We stayed in Salerno last night, which meant a two hour drive before today’s start.
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The percorso initially clings to the coastline, following every nook and cranny in the base of the tree clad mountains, just before it plunges into the Golfo di Policastro.
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It wouldn’t be hard to be a picture post card photographer in these parts, wherever you point your camera there’s a beautiful view.

At least the ferry was very straightforward, no dramas; and we did get a chat with Paolo Bettini – a nice guy.

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Who you waving at? Oh.
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We also met some nice local cops, but not for the normal reasons!

Saturday’s stage was a long haul down the Mare Tirreno – very much flat but with that little ‘sting in the tale’ climb where Gatto got it just right.