Following the start in Molfetta on the Adriatic coast, stage 8 of the 2017 Giro travels to Peschici, an ancient walled city with whitewashed houses in the province Foggia. The riders pass through Trani, Barletta and Margherita di Savoia to set sail for Manfredonia.
Manfredonia was founded in 1256 by King Manfred, a bastard soon of King Frederik II, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily. Who cares, the riders argue. More important is that the route takes another shape after Manfredonia. In 9.5 kilometres the road climbs up the Monte Sant Angelo to an elevation of 747 metres. The average gradient is 6.8%.
Following the descent a series of three hills continue onto a flat section leading to an interesting finale. A two-barreled climb of 4.2 kilometres is crested with 6.4 kilometres remaining before a steep drop continues onto a flat kilometre before a punchy climb will decide on the winner. The last 1.5 kilometre is averaging 5.7%, yet that’s just a part of the story as the ultimate 200 metres are as precipitous as 10.5%. This ramp takes in the steepest section of 12%.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the last intermediate sprint (at kilometre 160.1) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Giro 2017 stage 8: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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