Giro 2020 Route stage 20: Alba – Sestriere
Saturday 24 October - The penultimate stage of the Giro is the last uphill test. The route adds up to 190 kilometres and the riders crest the Sestriere climb three times in the last 50 kilometres. (Slideshow route/profile)
[Underneath text is no longer accurate, since the route has been changed. We’ll update the article later. The maps in the slideshow below this article are correct, though.]
The first half of the race will be played out on level ground, although the route begins to run false flat uphill after roughly 80 kilometres. The gradients get harder and harder until the riders tackle the Colle dell’Agnello, which is a 21 kilometres climb at 6.9%. The ascent featured in the 2016 Giro in a stage to Risoul. Shortly after reaching the summit pink jersey Steven Kruijswijk crashed into the huge walls of snow at 2,700 metres altitude. Vincenzo Nibali won the stage and the Giro that day.
Up next are the Col d’Izoard – 13.9 kilometres at 7.1% – and Colle del Monginevro – 6.4 kilometres at 6.7% – before the race finishes uphill in Sestriere. The final haul up is 11.3 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 6%.
The last time that the Giro finished in Sestriere was in 2015. Fabio Aru soloed to victory ahead of Ryder Hesjedal and Rigoberto Uran.
Two intermediate sprints – at kilometre 58 and 166 – come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each, while time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line.
The 20th stage of the Giro starts at 10.25 and the race is expected to finish around 16.25 – both are local times (CEST).
Another interesting read: favourites 20th stage Giro d’Italia 2020.
Giro d’Italia 2020 stage 20: routes, profiles, more
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