Giro 2020 Favourites stage 8: Promising circuit finale

Michael Matthews - Giro 2020 Favourites stage 8: Promising circuit finaleThe race starts out as a sprinter's dream. But all daydreaming is shattered in the finale. Who are the major contenders to win stage 8 in the Giro?

The first half of the race travels along the Adriatic Sea. The flat roads may inspire the sprinters to day dream, but they’d better not. The Monte Sant’Angelo – 9.6 kilometres at 6.7% – appears after 90 kilometres and from there on the route goes either up or down.

With 26 kilometer remaining the riders enter a local circuit in Vieste. They’re welcomed by a short and sharp climb on the Via Saragat: 1 kilometre at 9.3% and peaking out at 17%.

After the first passage on the line there are still 14 kilometres to go. Shortly, the Via Saragat climb returns. The riders plunge down a 5 kilometres descent before the last 5 kilometres are virtually flat.

The breakaway could be successful, although other viable options are a late attack or a sprint of a reduced peloton or select group.

Favourites stage 8 Giro d’Italia 2020
*** Michael Matthews, Diego Ulissi, Peter Sagan
** Simon Clarke, Valerio Conti, Jai Hindley, Enrico Battaglin
* Gianluca Brambilla, Mikkel Bjerg, Andrea Vendrame, Mikkel Honoré

Another interesting read: route stage 8 Giro d’Italia 2020.


Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Leave a comment
No comments yet, your opinion is most welcome.
 

Related articles
- virtual: Route - Giro 2020 Riders - Giro 2020 - virtual: Riders - Giro 2020 Withdrawals - Giro 2020 Favourites - Giro 2020 Winners and records - Giro d'Italia GC Favourites - Giro 2020 Enter Giro pool with €16,000 in prize money
More articles