Muro di Ca’ del Poggio. That’s the name of the first climb. It easily could have been decisive if it had been planned in a finale, but this time it’s merely the first hurdle after 40 kilometres on a route as flat as a billiard table. But a brutal hurdle it is! At 1.15 kilometres, the Muri di Ca’ del Poggio is marked by an average grade of 12.2% and the steepest ramp goes up at 18%.
Following this bpm increasing interruption the riders keep going on rolling roads until they reach the base of Monte Grappa. In the 2014 Giro d’Italia Nairo Quintana did win a mountain time trial leading to the summit.
The Monte Grappa ascent in 2017 doesn’t go all the way to the top as this is a dead end. The climb is crested at an elevation of 1,620 metres before the riders drop down to the valley via Campo Solagna. The passage on Monte Grappa amounts to 24.2 kilometres at 5.3%, yet this is a blurring statistic as it is an irregular ascent, alternating between sections with double digits and short drops.
The last climb in the 2017 Giro d’Italia starts in Valstagna with 28.8 kilometres remaining. The climb to Foza is crested at 1,086 metres and to get there you have to climb 14 kilometres at 6.7%. Following the switchbacks of the Foza climb the finish is 14.8 kilometres later at the end of a rolling section on the Asiago plateau. The last 4 kilometres are in descent (2%) with the exception of the slightly sloping final 500 metres.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the last intermediate sprint (at kilometre 91.3) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Giro 2017 stage 20: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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