Giro 2022 Favourites stage 10: For strongman sprinters

Mathieu van der Poel - Giro 2022 Favourites stage 10: For strongman sprintersfoto: Cor VosThe 10th stage of the Giro is flat in the first half and more lumpy in the second. Pure sprinters will be tested, and possibly fail, which opens the way for strongman sprinters.

Think the likes of Mathieu van der Poel, Diego Ulissi, Biniam Birmay, Magnus Cort, and possibly even Caleb Ewan. The hills are Milan-San Remo’ish and that’s a race where the Australian poket-rocket performed remarkably well in the past. Moreover, he aims to win the World Championships road race in Australia on a route that’s not exactly flat either.

On the other hand, a scenario that’s similar to how stage 8 ufolded is not unlikely either. So with a winner from the breakaway. A breakaway that could take shape in the second half of the race after a first attack has been neutralised in the hilly zone.

Following the pan-flat first half of the race along the Adriatic coast the route continues in the interior of Le Marche. The riders tackle the climbs to Civitanova Alta (2.7 kilometres at 5%), Crocette di Montecorao (4.9 kilometres at 2.2%), Sant’Ignazio (1.8 kilometres at 5.9%), Recanati (3.4 kilometres at 6.9%), Filottrano (in quick succession: 600 metres at 7.6%, 1 kilometres at 5.1%, 700 metres at 8.9%, and 2.7 kilometres at 4.2%), Mazzangrugno (1.9 kilometres at 5.3%), and Monsano (4.2 kilometres at 4.2%).

After moving through Monsano there are 8.5 kilometres remaining. Most of it goes downhill, although the route returns to climbing – at shallow gradients – just before the flamme rouge.

All in all, the last 100 kilometres include an elevation gain of 1,760 metres.

Favourites 10th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

*** Mathieu van der Poel, Biniam Girmay, Magnus Cort
** Diego Ulissi, Caleb Ewan, Diego Rosa, Koen Bouwman
* Arnaud Démare, Giacomo Nizzolo, Mauro Schmid, Andrea Vendrame

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