Giro 2017 Route stage 9: Montenero di Bisaccia - Passo Lanciano/Blockhaus

Giro 2017 Route 9th stageSunday, 14 May 2017 - Stage 9 in the Tour d'Ialia brings a challenge in the Apennine Mountains. Following a 139 kilometres route the arrival at Passo Lanciano, or Blockhaus, is likely to stir up the overall. The closing climb is almost 30 kilometres.

Basically, the route of stage 9 is a prelude to the closing climb. Two warm-up climbs, after 19 kilometres and after 91 kilometres, but for the rest the race is played out on flat roads until at kilometre 113 the riders hit the base of the Passo Lanciano.

The Passo Lanciano-climb is 28 kilometres at 7.3%. It’s a steady climb with a steepest kilometre at 9.9% – and a short sector at 14% -, while the average gradient is under 7.1% for only 5 kilometres. With the sheer distance as the biggest adversary, the climb is in the league of legendary ascents like Zoncolan, Stelvio and Mortirolo.

Passo Lanciano is also called Blockhaus. The pass was first climbed in the 1967 Giro d’Italia with Eddy Merckx powering to his first stage win in a Grand Tour. Since then Franco Bitossi (1968), José Manuel Fuente (1972), Moreno Argentin (1984), Ivan Basso (2006) and Franco Pellizotti (2009) climbed to victory on the sheer endless slopes.

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