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Italy / Piedmont

The ascents of Fausto Coppi

This is the land of the champion Fausto Coppi, “il Campionissimo”, who trained his legs in these hills. The slopes in this region, covered in vineyards, call for strong determination, but the view beyond your handlebars is a joy to the spirit. The palate will also enjoy this area, as there are excellent wines to be tasted, plus specialities from Piedmont cuisine and, above all, the famous truffles.
  • Day by Day


    1. Arrival in Alessandria, a city divided by the Tanaro River. Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo, with its magnificent neoclassic cathedral, are truly worth a visit.

    2. Alessandria – Castellania – Acqui Terme (90 km, + 660 m, 3.30 h)
    The tour starts in Alessandria and takes you along secondary roads to Castellania, Fausto Coppi’s birthplace, where you can relive the successes of this great champion on a visit to his house-museum. You then take the road that leads to Novi Ligure with easy ascents up and over the hills of vineyards that produce the renowned Barbera and Dolcetto d’Acqui wines. In the evening you can relax in the warm spa waters of Acqui Terme.

    Ferri says:
    A visit to Fausto Coppi’s house and birthplace is very moving and, once back on the saddle, you will feel you are pedalling at his side.

    3. Acqui Terme – Alba (100 km, + 2,100 m, 5 h)
    Today’s stretch takes you through the towns of the famous Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli wine producers. Three climbs await you on your journey through the Langhe, with gradients of up to 12%. One of these is the Gino Bartali ascent with its many holy sanctuaries surrounded by Dolcetto vineyards (but don’t let its name deceive you, although “sweet” in Italian this ascent is hard and challenging). The climb ends with your arrival in Albaretto Torre, where you can rest before starting the downhill ride to Alba.

    Ferri says:
    A demanding route with continuous medium-length ascents, 5-7 km. Save some of your energy for the last difficulty of the day, the Gino Bartali ascent...if you have dared too much and get here tired, you too will be forced to say: “l’è tutto sbagliato, è tutto da rifare” (it’s all wrong, do it again), Bartali’s historic motto.

    4. Alba – Asti (90 km, + 1,400 m, 4,30 h)
    Quiet roads through vineyards and hazelnut groves in the heart of Monferrato. Today we cross the Tanaro natural park and the Sarmassa natural reserve. The stage ends in Asti with its monuments and splendid Gothic cathedral.

    Ferri says:
    Like yesterday, the route winds through hills marked by the hard work of man: they truly spent all their energy in these vineyards and across the slopes of hazelnut trees. You have to do the same, using your legs, heart and willpower.

    5. Asti round tour (90 km, + 1,000 m, 4 h)
    A cycle through the Monferrato vineyards to reach Turin. The end stretch is a climb up the famous Superga hill, 7 km at 8%, followed by a lovely descent down into Turin, a must-visit city! Back to Asti by train.

    Ferri says:
    The ascent up Superga is a great classic, included every year in the Giro del Piemonte.

    6. Asti – Casale Monferrato (90 km, + 1,500 m, 4.30 h)
    You pedal northwards up to Mnferrato, along a winding route with continual variations in steepness and steep climbs that at times are very similar to the Mur de Huy ascent in the classic Flèche Wallonne. You will enjoy it however, because you will always be surrounded by nature.

    Ferri says:
    Take care on the steep climbs, a 34-25 gear ratio may often be useful. Stop every now and again to enjoy the view and the silence.

    7. Casale Monferrato – Alessandria (50 km, + 500 m, 3 h)
    Our tour continues through green hills and farmed land, through small towns on the right-hand bank of the Po River and comes to an end in Alessandria.

    Ferri says:
    A short final stage so that you can once again enjoy the peace and the marvellous scenery. Stop to lunch in one of the many wineries on the way and pop a good Italian spumante to toast yourselves and your holiday.

    8. Alessandria
    After breakfast, end of services.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.



  • Route profile

    Total length: 510 km
    Total vertical up: 7160 m

    This is a demanding tour because of the hilly territory of Piedmont. You will cycle among hazels and vineyards through typical villages. However, it is easy to shorten the stages or to find different and easier ways to reach the next hotel.  

    Moderate: hilly areas, numerous climbs and downhill stretches. Suitable for regular cyclists with a good level of fitness.



  • How to get there

    Alessandria is connected with the following airports:
    Torino: 120 Km, Milan: 120 Km, Bergamo: 150 Km, Genova: 80 Km.

    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.


  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated in 3/4* hotels.

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.



  • Bikes and accessories

    The rental bike for this tour is a high-end roadbike with top range carbon frame.

    Due to the lack of rear rack these bikes do not have panniers. We suggest you to bring a small backpack.

    We remind you that you are responsible for the rental bike and its accessories during the whole tour. The bicycle must always be locked and possibly secured to a pole, even for short periods.

    We remind you to bring you own pedals (and wrench to fix them).


    The rented bike is provided with:

    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 repair kit (2 inner tubes, pump, tire levers)
    • 1 combination bike lock



  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:

    1. Link to download the App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)

    2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details
    • Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour. Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.

    3. Digital travel documents:

    • Final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
    • Luggage labels



  • By your side

    Staff support

    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.
    The Girolibero team is always available for you at the office number during office hours.

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Tour details


from 660 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type



Season 1: 3.04 - 23.04 and 25.09 - 9.10.2021
Season 2: 24.04 - 11.06 and 5.09 - 24.09.2021
Season 3: 12.06 - 4.09.2021

Price per person
660 € in double room, 3/4* hotels


  • 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transportation  
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10 -15 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section "Included"

200 € single room
80 € season 2
120 € season 3

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
55/75 € in Alessandria

Rental bikes:
250 € high-end road bike

Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

100 € 3rd person in room

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