Giro 2022 Favourites stage 16: For pure bred climbers

Romain Bardet - Giro 2022 Favourites stage 16: For pure bred climbersimage: Cor VosRoughly 200 kilometres and 5,300 vertical metres, that's stage 16 on the Giro for you. So pure bred GC climbers are expected to have a go at it.

The likes of Yates, López, Carthy, Bardet and Carapaz should make the best of races such as this. Brutal mountain stages are their terrain to strike and put time into better time trialistst such as Almeida and Dumoulin.

Three gigantic mountains are responsible for most of the vertical metres, while two short climbs will add to the fatigue. The first one – 5.2 kilometres at 4.8% – runs paralel to Lake Idro and after a minor downhill the first giant looms. The Goletto du Cadino is a 19.9 kilometres ascent with an average gradient of 6.2%.

The route then descends onto a false flat that runs all the way to Monno at the foot of the Mortirolo. Which is another word for 12.6 kilometres of torture at 7.6%.

Up next is the 5.1 kilometres climb at 8.7% to Teglio. The end of the downhill coincides with the base of the Passo di Santa Christina, another tough test of 13.5 kilometres at 8.1%. The second half is particularly intimidating, as it features solely double digit ramps.

The summit of the Passo di Santa Christina sits 6 kilometres from the line in Aprica. The first part is a technical descent, while the last 1.5 kilometres run false flat to the finish.

[This article was written before the start of the Giro. We’ll update it on the third rest day]

Favourites 16th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

*** Pello Bilbao, Richard Carapaz, Romain Bardet
** Simon Yates, Mikel Landa, Giulio Ciccone, Vincenzo Nibali
* Miguel Ángel López, Wilco Kelderman, Iván Sosa, João Almeida

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