If you don't know the Italian word piano yet, you will today. For reference, it's akin to the "social pace" used by your local club during offseason or all-inclusive rides. It also means that if BMC launches another early flier, they may learn some curse words in various languages during today's stage. I don't know what this stage does for anyone by the roadside, but it sure makes purdy pictures, and will give the sprinters' teams a clear chance to show what they've got. Enjoy!