Predominantly, yes. The only hurdle lies near arrival place Nervesa della Battaglia. Just after passing through town the road starts to climb up the Montello, although ‘climb’ is too strong a word. A 3.5 kilometres section at 2.7% runs to a flat descent of 4.5 kilometres before the last 2.9 kilometres go up at 3.9%. Once over the ‘top’ the remaining distance is 20 kilometres. The first half is on descent and the final run-in to the line is as flat as a pancake.
The 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia starts in Ferrara, capital of the province with the same name. Michele Ferrari was born here, the infamous sports doctor, who was banned for life for doping the likes of Armstrong and Vinokourov. He is now imprisoned for supplying EPO to a biathlete.
The route is not as high-profile as Ferrari (once was). The riders race a flat route, pass west of Venice after almost 100 kilometres, and enter the local round with 30 kilometres remaining.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the last of two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 70.0 and at kilometre 127.1) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 13: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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