Giro 2021 Favourites stage 20: Last chance for climbers
The 20th stage of the Giro takes in an elevation gain 4,200 metres. Virtually all of it is packed together inside the last 85 kilometres. A high level battle, both literally and metaphorically, is on the cards. (Slideshow route/profile)
The riders race along the Lago Maggiore into Switzerland. After leaving the shoreline in Locarno the route continues on the flat until Roveredo, at kilometre 65. Gradually the road changes from flat to false flat to… the Passo del San Bernardino. Starting in Soazzo, the climb is 23.7 kilometers long and the average gradient sits at 6.2%.
The descent is almost as long as the climb, but not as steep. Once the riders reach the village of Splügen – at an elevation of 1,460 metres -, the Passo dello Spluga kicks in. This is a climb of 8.9 kilometres with an average gradient of 7.3%.
A fast descent of almost 20 kilometres takes the riders into the Valle Spluga. After a short detour around the Lago di Isola the last climb of the Giro d’Italia. The Alpe Motta is 7.3 kilometres long and slopes mostly around 9%. But since the fifth kilometre is nearly flat the average gradient sits at 7.6%.
How the race unfolds depends on the GC, so we’ll update this article during the Giro. Let’s hope there will be several riders in the maglia rosa mix and we’ll see long-distance mountain attacks by climbers with the ambition to move up in the GC. After all, this is their last chance, as the Giro concludes with a pan-plat individual time trial.
Favourites 20th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia
*** Egan Bernal, Remco Evenepoel, Simon Yates
** Daniel Martin, Aleksandr Vlasov, Vincenzo Nibali, Jai Hindley
* Romain Bardet, Marc Soler, Hugh Carthy, Bauke Mollema
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Giro d’Italia 2021 stage 20: profiles
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