Giro 2018 Favourites stage 10: Perfect course for attackers

Tim Wellens - Giro 2018 Favourites stage 10: Perfect course for attackersAt 239 kilometres this is the longest stage in the 2018 Giro d'Italia. Due to the sheer distance combined with the hilly course this is an opportunity for attackers. Mohoric... Wellens... Lutsenko...? (Slideshow route/profile)

Expect a fast opening with attacks everywhere. Shortly after the start the route tackles the toughest climb of the day, Fonte Della Creta. Possibly, the 16 kilometres climb at around 5% is the tonic to inspire attackers as chances are the breakaway will survive until the line. So it’s interesting to occupy one of the vacant seats in the front group. Sprint teams will not want to control the race, while all other teams have nothing to gain. The best option to send a rider to the front line.

Plausibly, the break takes shape on the first climb and so we should expect strong climbers with adventurous minds. Robert Gesink, Tim Wellens, Davide Formolo, Matej Mohoric, Alexey Lutsenko, and last year’s KOM-victor are among the usual suspects. Obviously, the Giro d’Italia is in its tenth day of action, so it’s likely to expect a GC-conteder who has seen his overall ambitions turn sour in the front group, too.

Possibly, the finale begins on a punchy climb in Annifo. The summit is crested 30 kilometres before the finish. Following the descent and a short upward kick the last 20 kilometres are played out on the flat, while the final kilometre is a false flat down.

Favourites 10th stage 2018 Giro d’Italia

*** Tim Wellens, Luis León Sánchez, Alexey Lutsenko, Rohan Dennis
** Robert Gesink, Davide Formolo, Matej Mohoric, Jarlinson Pantano
* Tony Martin, Giovanni Visconti, Alessandro De Marchi, Koen Bouwman

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