The first part of the route goes either up or down or short hills before the route serves more gradual climbs in the second half. The first long uphill begins in Paternó, although the gradients remain shallow. The Giro continues on the eastern slopes of Mount Etna and following another uphill at shallow gradients the route descend towards Linguaglossa in the northeast of Sicily
The black ashen slopes of Mount Etna form the backdrop for a Giro finish for the sixth time, but this year’s ascent from Linguaglossa is unprecedented. The 18.2 kilometres climb at 6.8% serves double digit gradients in the last 3 kilometres.
The last time that the Giro finished on Mount Etna was in 2018. The volcano was tackled from the south and Esteban Chaves took the spoils. The Colombian crossed the line together with his teammate Simon Yates, who moved into the maglia rosa.
Giro d’Italia 2020 stage 5: route, profiles, more
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