Pinzolo hosted the Giro for the last time in 2015. The race went to Aprica and Mikel Landa soloed to victory, while Steven Kruijswijk and Alberto Contador finished second and third behind the Basque.
The 18th stage will include two warm-up climbs before tackling the Passo dello Stelvio on the Prato side. This way, the infamous ascent amounts to 24.7 kilometres, while the average gradient sits at 7.5%. The first 10 kilometres are relatively easy before the Stelvio kicks it up a notch with gradients rarely falling below 8%.
The first rider at the Stelvio summit wins the Cima Coppi before plunging down towards Bormio without reaching the village. In the last first hairpin the route turns right to continue towards Premadio. The riders leave the main road and continue to the hairpin-filled Torri di Fraele to finish the ascent at the Cancano dam. The finish climb ascent is 8.7 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 6.8% before a flat run-in of 1.7 kilometres to the line.
Giro d’Italia 2020 stage 18: route, profiles, more
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