The final climb is extremely predictable. The first 9.1 kilometres rise at 4.5% and the last 8 kilometres go up at 5.5%. Theoretically, this is the climb of ascent that title defender Tom Dumoulin should fancy. Last year he won the stage to Santuario di Oropa, which was all about the final haul up, too. The Oropa-climb was much more irregular and also steeper than the Montevergine-ascent. The long and steady character of today’s finale is perfect for the the kind of rider the Dutchman is – not a pure-bred climber at all, but really a time triallist who, despite his stature, performs well when the road begins to point uphill.
In fact, the last climb amounts to approximately 60 kilometres. In Salerno the route turns inland and starts to climb slightly. Interrupted by flat and false flat sections the race continues to the foot of the Montevergine and from here on the uphill grades are ranked as KOM climb.
Obviously, this could be a day for attackers, too. Wellens, Lutsenko, Formolo… Who’ll be granted the opportunity to distance the peloton, and see what happens then?
Favourites 8th stage 2018 Giro d’Italia
*** Tom Dumoulin, Simon Yates, Tim Wellens, Alexey Lutsenko
** Davide Formolo, David de la Cruz, Robert Gesink
* Andrey Amador, Luis León Sánchez, Giovanni Visconti
Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 8: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Start in Praia a Mare
Profiel final kilometres
Details Montevergine di Mercogliano climb
Details climb Montevergine di Mercogliano in 3D
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Praia a Mare and Montevergine at Google maps
Streetview Santuario di Montevergine