Agrigento has a somewhat tainted reputation, although the town itself really isn’t to blame. The 2nd stage of the 2008 Giro d’Italia turned out to be won by Ricardo Ricco. No further comment. And in a more distant past – 1994 to be precise – Luc Leblanc took the rainbow jersey in Agrigento. No further comment. The Sicilian town with Greek origins could use a fresh start and clean slate as far as cycling goes. Stage 5 starts here.
Following 77 kilometres on the flat the route climbs to Santa Margherita de Belice, at 430 metres the highest elevation of the day. The Giro moves through two more villages, Partanna and Poggioreale Vecchia, both situated on hilltops after moderate climbs, before a short descent leads to the penultimate climb. Again, very doable – 5 kilometres at slightly over 3%.
With 10 kilometres to go the route descends to the tricky finale. Firstly, a 1.1 kilometre climb at 6% to the flamme rouge. A right-hander before the final run-in to Santa Ninfa is on the flat.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 94.1 and at kilometre 128.4) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
The 5th stage of the 2018 Giro d’Italia starts at 13:30 and the finish is expected around 17:14 – both local times scheduled times).
Giro d’Italia 2018 stage 5: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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