Giro 2017 Favourites stage 20: Showdown of shattered GC contenders
One more time uphill in the 2017 Giro d'Italia van 2017. Following a flat prelude of some 100 kilometres the second part of the race takes in two solid climbs. Who are the favourites to win the last mountain stage in the Giro? (Slideshow route/profile)
At 24.2 kilometres, Monte Grappa is an irregular ascent. Inclinations of more than 10% are followed by short drops. The climb is averaging 5.3% and at the top the riders have 67.3 kilometres left to race.
The last climb in the Giro runs to Foza. Other than the Monte Grappa, this one is extremely steady with 14 kilometres averaging 6.7%. From Foza to the finish line it’s a 14.8 kilometres run on an undulating route.
It would be fantastic if the big men would battle it out in the last mountain stage, and chances they will – yet one may wonder if that will be for the stage win. However, Quitana, Nibali and Pinot, they all have no options: if they want to win the Giro they have to attack given tomorrow’s ITT.
On the other hand, the stage seems to be perfect for riders who have seen their GC ambitions turn sour during the Giro.
Favourites stage 20 Giro d’Italia 2017
*** Mikel Landa, Rui Costa, Pierre Rolland, Tejay van Garderen
** Thibaut Pinot, Vincenzo Nibali, Adam Yates, Davide Villella
* Ilnur Zakarin, Nairo Quintana, Domenico Pozzovivo, Tom Dumoulin
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