[Underneath was written before the start of the Giro d’Italia. The text will be updated after the 18th stage.]
Following 130 kilometres on the flat the Giro d’Italia enters its last episode in the high mountains. In succession the riders are to rest Col Tsecore (16 kilometres at 7.7%) and Col de St.Pantaléon (16.5 kilometres at 7.2%) before the final haul-up to Cervinia – 18.2 kilometres at 5%. The first two climbs are by far the hardest and it all depends on GC where to strike.
If the top riders are close together on GC – like last year – we should expect the race to ignite on the last climb. But if an overall contender who is way down on GC wants to give it one last shot, he has no choice than to opt for a long range attack.
Obviously, the prolonged opening on the flat is the perfect breeding ground for a large breakaway. Expect the group to end up fragmented as riders tire in the mountains. It’s possible a strong man survives to take the stage win if the peloton gives them too much leash early on in the stage.
Favourites 20th stage 2018 Giro d’Italia
*** Miguel Ángel López, Fabio Aru, Chris Froome, Thibaut Pinot
** Tom Dumoulin, Simon Yates, Esteban Chaves, Domenico Pozzovivo
* Robert Gesink, Davide Formolo, Davide Villella, Sander Armée
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Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 20: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Details Col Tsecore
Details Col de Saint-Pantaléondelle
Details Cervinia climb
Profile final kilometres