Cervinia lies on the southern slopes of the Matterhorn, a giant that’s peaking at 4,478 metres. The village itself is located at at 2,006 metres and to get there the riders face a long and regular climb. False flat sections are interspersed with steeper parts, while the real drudgery is the sheer length of 19.15 kilometres. Just before halfway the steepest 2.5 kilometres go up at almost 8%.
In the 2015 Giro Fabio Aru won in Cervinia after a 236 kilometres mountain stage. Three years before that, in 2012, Andrey Amador took the day honours while Ryder Hesjedal climbed to pink.
The last mountains of the 2018 edition of the Giro d’Italia are tucked away in the last 80 kilometres of the 214 kilometres haul from Susa to Cervinia. Following a prolonged section on the flat the Col Tsecore and Col de Saint-Pantaléon – both 16 kilometres climbs – are the prelude to the last climb to Cervinia.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints (at kilometre 96.3 and at kilometre 129.9) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
Stage 20 in the 2018 Giro d’Italia starts at 10:20 and the expected finish is at 16:27 – both local times (scheduled times).
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