It’s been six years that the Giro last visited Assisi. In 2012, Joaquim Rodríguez took a stage win in the birthplace of St. Francis, the founder of the Franciscans, a religious order that rejects extravagance. One may wonder what the preacher would have made of the pink circus.
Twice before the Giro finished in Osimo. In 1987 the forgotten French rider Robert Forest took his only major victory, while Moreno Argentin won in 1994. Both were solo-wins and given the tricky finale this is a likely scenario in 2018, too.
Following a flat and then slightly climbing 30 kilometres the riders tackle the Passo del Cornello. To arrive at the peak (814 metres) the road climbs for 8.5 kilometres at an average gradient of 4.4%.
The route drops to Molinaccio Umbro and after a short uphill section a false flat of some 40 kilometres runs to the base of the Valico di Pietra Rossa. After almost 100 kilometres, the climb peaks at an elevation of 674 metres.
A 26 kilometres drop leads to the foot of a sharp climb to Filottrano, hometown of Michele Scarponi who died in a training crash in April 2017. The slope is 1.8 kilometres at 7.8% with steepest ramps of 16%. The Tirreno-Adriatico’s 5th stage featured in a final circuit (stage win Adam Yates), now the caravan moves further east. Almost 30 kilometres left to race, mostly on rolling roads until the finale kicks in with 10 kilometres to go.
To stretch the muscles the riders tackle a 700 metres climb at 9% before heading to the final round in Osimo. The medieval town ushers in the Giro on a cobbled ramp of 250 metres with its steepest stretch at a whooping 16%. The riders fly down a tricky drop and following a narrow section the route climbs up Via Olimpia – 600 metres and averaging 12.4%. Positioning is crucial.
Via Olimpia continues onto a flat section to a narrow passage into the old town. A cobbled climb of 600 metres at 10% leads to the final 400 metres before the finish is at Piazza del Comune.
Fourteen years ago Moreno Argentin left the other riders behind on the last cobbles to arrive solo at the Piazza. He not only took the stage win, but also the maglia rossa. Since then local tifosi call this stretch the ‘scatto Argentin’.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the last of two intermediate sprints (at kilometer 69.6 and et kilometer 126.7) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
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