The Convicts in Bologna - Part One
The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca lies just outside the old city walls of Bologna.
The steep 2km road to the top of the hill and the basilica is lined by a fantastic walkway; the longest continous arcade in Europe.
According to the Giro route guide the average gradient of the climb is 10.2% with the steepest part being 16%. I'm not sure where those figures come from because the first kick up at 1900m to the finish looked at least 20% with the second bend looking even steeper.
This video shows the riders in the break arriving - British rider Chris Froome is second in line with eventual stage winner Simon Gerrans in third.
According to the thermometer, it was over 40 degrees at roadside.