Following the rest day in Catania, the Italian leg of the Giro starts in the place on the east coast of Sicily. The riders head south-west, into the centre of the island. The route is an onslaught of hills, false flats, and short sharp climbs. Seems to be a perfect day for a break away, while GC guys have to be alert not to lose time on this demanding terrain.
The route travels to Caltagirone, a town build on three hills at an elevation of 600 metres. During the Middle Ages Caltagirone was also known as Queen of the Mountains, which must sound enticing to the guys with climbing legs.
With 17 kilometres to go the route climbs at some 3% for 9 kilometres before a rolling section ushers in the trying last kilometre. When the flamme rouge flies over the road the route kicks up to 8% and even double digit grades in the last 500 metres.
Are we going to see a first clash of the GC contenders? Whatever the outcome, chances are that the stage winner in Caltagirone will receive a pink bonus.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the last of two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 116.3 and at kilometre 137.7) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
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