Giro 2018 Favourites stage 8: Escapees or GC-contenders?

tom dumoulin 2017 - Giro 2018 Favourites stage 8: Long final climbIt's all about the last climb in the 8th stage of the Giro d'd Italia. Following a hilly opening, the route's middle section is flat before the final haul up to the Santuario di Montevergine. The steady climb amounts to 17.1 kilometres at 5%. (Slideshow route/profile)

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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