The riders leave the Abruzzo to enter the Marche while travelling north along the coast. Tortoreto Lido was included in the 2011 Giro. The race set off to a punchy arrival in Castelfidardo, where John Gadret outgunned Joaquim Rodríguez and Alberto Contador.
The route is mostly flat in the first half of the race. The Monte della Mattera is crested at kilometre 68 after a 10 kilometres climb with an average gradient of almost 4%. Following the Madera climb the route is hardly ever flat. The last 35 kilometres in particular are demanding with roads going either up or down. The ultimate 6 kilometres are a technical descent to a final run-in on the flat.
Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 8: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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