The Giro visited Cassino in 2014. A crash in the town shook up the peloton just before hitting the final climb to Montecassino, the Benedictine Abbey on a rock plateau above Cassino. Michael Matthews, Tim Wellens, Cadel Evans and Matteo Rabottini survived the 8.6 kilometres ascent before crossing the line in that order.
Cassino is included in the 2019 Giro d’Italia as a start. The riders head on hilly terrain to the race’s southernmost point in San Giovanni Rotondo. Although the route is hardly ever flat, it doesn’t feature any hard climbs either. A descending false flat of 50 kilometres runs to the foot of the biggest challenge of the day. The Coppa Casarinelle climb appears at kilometre 205. The route ascents 15 kilometres at 4.4% before a downhill leads to the second intermediate sprint of the day, which is directly followed by another uphill kick – albeit a short one.
The last kilometres of the race are going either false flat up or false flat down. Following a short lap in San Giovanni Rotondo the final kilometre slopes at approximately 3%.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the second intermediate sprint – at kilometre 225.1 – comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Another interesting read: results/race report 6th stage 2019 Giro d’Italia.
Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 6: routes, profiles, more
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