Giro 2015: Stage 18 Favourites - Adventurous climbers and bold descenders
In the 18th stage of the Giro 2015, it’s up to the climbers with brilliant descending skills. 130 kilometres flat, 20 kilometres uphill, and a 25 kilometres drop – that’s the story of the day. (Slideshow route/profile)
After a flat stage Monte Ologno is the only obstacle. Upon cresting, halfway down the slopes the long drop is interspersed by a short climb and then it’s blasting down again.
The stage is a godsend for adventurers, so it will probably take some time before the early break is a fact. Indeed, all teams want to be there. Climbing up Monte Ologno the front group shall be reduced and only the best climbers will be left to go for glory in the long drop. Obviously, bold descenders who were dropped will want to give it a go also.
Likely candidates are numerous. Stefano Pirazzi, Simon Clarke, Maciej Paterski, Oscar Gatto, Francesco Gavazzi, Adam Hansen, Giovanni Visconti and Tom Danielson – to name a few.
Steven Kruijswijk is among the strongest attackers in the Giro and he deserves a win. Michael Rogers, head of Contador’s ‘specials forces’, is another likely candidate if his leader gives him a day off.
*** Simon Clarke, Michael Rogers, Steven Kruijswijk
** Oscar Gatto, Francesco Gavazzi, Maciej Paterski
* Pieter Weening, Stefano Pirazzi, Adam Hansen
Look at underneath slideshow for all maps regarding stage 18.
Giro 2015 stage 18: Route, profiles and more
Click on the images to zoom.
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles Riders and teams - Giro 2015 Favourites and GC contenders - Giro 2015 Favourites - Giro 2015 More articles
BinckBank Tour 2018 Stage 5: Cort Nielsen wins three-up sprint, Mohoric still leader
BinckBank Tour 2018: The Route
BinckBank Tour 2018: Riders
BinckBank Tour 2018: Favourites
BinckBank Tour 2018 Route stage 6: Riemst (bel) – Sittard/Geleen (nld)
Vuelta 2018: The Route
Vuelta 2018: Riders
Vuelta 2018: GC Favourites
Vuelta 2018 Route Stage 1: ITT in Málaga
Tour of Britain 2018: The Route
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 2018: The Route
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route TTT - women
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Teams TTT – men
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route ITT – women
World Cycling Championships 2018 Innsbruck, Austria: Route road race – women
Cycling Calendar 2018
Quick Results Service
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!