The 10th stage kicks into gear in Lanciano – birth place of Damiano Caruso -, a small town in an elevated spot close to the Adriatic. The riders descend to the coast and head north in the direction of Pescara, but before entering the city – in Francavilla al Mare – the route turns inland to Chieti. Located on a hill, the birth place of last year’s Mountain King, Giulio Ciccone, is the first obstacle in the route.
The Giro returns to the Adriatic coast to continue further north. Roughly 10 kilometres before entering seaside resort Tortoreto Lido the riders leave the shoreline for a promising finale. First, they climb to the old town of Tortoreto and descend into Tortoreto Lido for a first passage on the line. Another flat section along the coast goes to Martinsicuro before a 4 kilometres climb at 7% leads to Colonnella. Still roughly 30 kilometres left to race.
Following a kick-up to Controguerra – with ramps up to 20% – the riders fly down to the base of a modest climb of approximately 4 kilometres long. A steep descent leads onto an inclination of 2.5 kilometres at 7.1% with stretches up to 17%. The route continues downhill – gradual this time – before the final uphill test appears.
The ultimate climb of the day is 1.9 kilometres long. The average gradient sits at 7.2%, while it ramps up to 18% in the steepest section. The route flies down to the last 8 kilometres on the flat.
The intermediate sprint at kilometre 146.0 comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds, while time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line.
Another interesting read: results 10th stage 2020 Giro d’Italia.
Giro d’Italia 2020 stage 10: routes, profiles, more
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