Giro 2014: Stage 5 - The first mountains

Giro 2014 stage 5 mountainsStage 5 introduces the first serious climbs and an early summit finish to shake up the GC. (Slideshow route/profile)

A flat day in the first half of the race. The second half is a different prospect however with the climbs of Valico di Serra di San Chirico and two closing climbs to Viggiano.

Valico di Serra di San Chirico

After 110 kilometres the road steadily rises to Valico di Serra di San Chirico for over 28 kilometres. The first 20 kilometres are more or less false flat and the last section is a little steeper (almost 4%) – although the ascent contains some real steep stretches on a number of hairpin bends. Max gradient is 15.5%.

Viggiano

Prior to the closing climbs, the grupetto have 44 kilometres to make back some time.

The first ascent to Viggiano is 7.5 kilometres long. Upon cresting at 948 metres a 5.5 kilometres descent brings the riders back and then it’s once again up to Viggiano. The finish is at 895 altimetres.

The closing climb to Viggiano is 6.8 kilometres with an average gradient 3.5%. Not very steep – category 4- but after 200 kilometres with numerous climbs, riders will no doubt be tired. The Giro won’t be won today… but it could be lost.

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