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I was looking at the mountain stages for the Giro:

http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2012/en/index.shtml?refresh_ce

I see they have color codes for the mountains. I see a lot of green 'GPM' labels on the mountains, for example.

Does anyone know what the codes mean? Is green a 'CAT 1'? Are there whites for a 'CAT 3' or 'CAT 4'?

If anyone knows, or knows of page where it's all explained, please let me know!  1 Thanks!

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dave atkinson [6139 posts] 4 years ago
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GPM stands for Gran Premio della Montagna, which is just the mountains competition. it just means they haven't categorised all the climbs yet...

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 4 years ago
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What used to mess with my head was seeing 'TV' at a random point on the Giro stage maps. At one point I wondered whether it was where the live TV coverage of a stage kicked in, but then why would it be near the start of one stage and at the end of another?

Took me a longer time than I will admit to work out that it stood for 'Traguardo Volante' = (literally) 'Flying Threshold'= Intermediate Sprint.

Still, it's not like I lived in Italy for a year or anything. Ahem. Che vergogna...

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lucas [74 posts] 4 years ago
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dave_atkinson wrote:

... it just means they haven't categorised all the climbs yet...

So eventually they'll be categorized as Cat 1, Cat 2, etc?

Simon_MacMichael wrote:

'TV'... [stands] for 'Traguardo Volante'... Intermediate Sprint.

That's pretty cool. Inever quite got that. Thanks!  1

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah the will be categorized nearer the time  26

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lucas [74 posts] 3 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Yeah the will be categorized nearer the time  26

I was looking at the stage profiles for Tirreno Adriatico at http://www.steephill.tv/tirreno-adriatico/ but their profiles still only say 'GPM'... How would you know if a climb is a Cat 1, 2, 3 etc?...

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zzgavin [193 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks like this might be the spur for a useful article comparing the French, Italian, Spanish et al codes for racing? They can be a bit opaque and a GPM means mountain competition and has these symbols etc would be helpful.

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 3 years ago
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Lucas - No distinction made between Tirreno climbs, same points apply to all of them.

zzgavin - More a case of graphics employed by different organisers (although yeah language does come in too with eg Gran Premio della Montagna).

But when you look at a stage profile (esp once Giro has updated with Cat of climbs) it's obvious what's what.

Vuelta is part-owned by ASO and uses same web platform as the TDF so that's not too difficult to get head round.

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zzgavin [193 posts] 3 years ago
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Thanks Simon, that's very helpful