Praia a Mare hosted the arrival of stage 4 in the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Following a hilly finale Diego Ulissi soloed to victory ahead of the chasing Dutch combo Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk. It’s unlikely that we’ll see a similar scenario unfold in 2018 as stage 7’s route is not as challenging.
The race sets off in Pizzo, a village with a peculiar sounding name. Il Pizzo used to be protection money paid to the Mafia. The route runs along the coast and it’s only after 70 kilometres that a slight elevation looms. Paola lies at 133 metres, so the end of the false flat to get there will give the riders a nice sea view before the race continues on the flat.
With almost 20 kilometres remaining the road rises to its highest point. San Nicola Arcella, located at 144 metres above sea level, is reached with 15 kilometres left and following a rolling section the riders drop down to the arrival in Praia a Mare.
By the way, the drop to the line is the same as in 2016, but the build-up to get there is different this edition.
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 96.2 and at kilometre 133.3) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Read also: results/race report 7th stage 2018 Giro d’Italia.
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