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.
The 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia starts at 12.10 and the race is expected to finish around 17.15 – both are local times (CEST).
Giro d’Italia 2021 stage 19: route, profile, more
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