Giro 2021 Route stage 19: Abbiategrasso - Alpe di Mera
Friday 28 May - At 178 kilometres, the riders travel from Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera on the Giro's 19th day of action. It will be the first time mountain finish at the 7.4 kilometres climb at 8.3% near the Swiss border.
On the other hand, Abbiategrasso is the oposite: three stage starts in the last four Giro editions. Last year the race went to Asti (Josef Cerny win) and in 2018 the riders traveled from Abbiategrasso to Prato Nevoso (Max Schachmann win).
This time the riders head toward the west at first. After Novara they change directions and go northward, in the direction of the Alps. Climbing begins in Orta San Giulio, with some 100 kilometres remaining.
The Mottarone towers above Lago d’Orta and the climb to the summit is 16.6 kilometres long and averages 6.8%. The sixth kilometre is steepest – 11% -, while another trying section appears just before the peak.
A long descent takes the riders down to the Lago Maggiore before they return to the Lago d’Orta. The second climb also begins on the lakeshore, although this time on the western side instead of the eastern. The Colma di Varallo is 8.7 kilometres long and averages at 5.5%.
After the descent the route follows the Sesia upstream to Scopello. Which is where the unprecedented finish climb kicks in. The Alpe di Mera is 7.4 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 8.3%. It’s a hard test with the steepest part in the last third. The 2.4 kilometres before the finish line go up at an unforgiving 11.5%.
The second intermediate sprint 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.
Giro d’Italia 2021 stage 19: route, profile, more
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