What with "rest" days in Rome and Florence and relatively easy riding in between, the heave out of Florence came as a bit of a shock to the system. At a steady 9-10-11% it was actually a bit steeper than what we've been getting used to.
The reward was not only great downhill hoons, but also a night in a hotel.
This morning the announcement was "good morning people..today you have the first of the flat days..virtually no climbing.....its also pretty well the last flat day also......."
So today we had 152km of flat, flat flat land, with the only rises in the road being over canals, rivers (including the Po) railway lines and other roads. it reminded me very much of where I grew up in the UK ...the Lincolnshire fens. We rode it the only way you can..in big groups with strong motoring legs on the front and the rest of us sucking the wheel in front......