Giro 2020 Route stage 9: San Salvo - Roccaraso

Giro d'Italia 2020Sunday 11 October - The 9th stage of the Giro d'Italia serves a trying course of 208 kilometres with an uphill finish in Roccaraso. The altitude gain adds up to more than 4,000 metres..

The tough test in Apennines opens rather gentle with a flat section on the Adriatic coast, but after about 40 kilometres the pink caravan heads inland. Following a warm-up climb to Guardiagrele the riders face a string of huge mountains: Passo Lanciano, Passo di San Leonardo and Bosco di Sant’Antonio.

After this brutal trio there are 27 kilometres left to race. The first part travels on an undulating plateau before that road starts to go up again. The finish climb is almost 10 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 5.7%. That statistic is biased though, as the ascent evens out a couple of times. The last 2 kilometres to the line slope at 7%, while the last kilometre serves a number of double digit ramps.

The finish lies at an elevation of 1,658 metres, which is almost 100 metre higher than the 2016 finish. Back then, Tim Wellens soloed to victory near the Roccaraso refugio.

Two intermediate sprints – at kilometre 75.6 and kilometre 194.0 – 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.

Giro d’Italia 2020 stage 9: route, profile, more

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