After breakfast we walked to the nearest cafe and had a cappuccino, then took a long walk around the town.
It’s a lovely place right on the Santerno river and has very distinctive geography – the area used to be a provider of gypsum.
As we were walking on a path next to the river a lady on a bike stopped and chatted with us for a bit – she was very friendly and told us about her dog – a staffie named Cesare that she said was very gentle and friendly.
Just a short while later we passed her house and sure enough Cesare ran up to his gate – no barking or fuss, just looked like he wanted a pat on the head or something.
Back at the campervan we put the flags up and waited for the first racer – today was the women’s individual time trial.
Last year’s winner – Chloe Dygert from the US – was setting a blistering pace when not far from the finish she braked on a corner and went into/over the barrier. She was taken to hospital in Imola for surgery for a bad laceration on her leg, and a dutch rider – Anna van der Breggen – won the day.
Good news is that the American should be ok, and hopefully will recover and be back to form and racing again next year.