Giro 2022 Favourites stage 17: Climbers eyeing pink

Romain Bardet - Giro 2022 Favourites stage 17: Climbers eyeing pinkimage: Cor VosStage 17 offers riders with pink ambitions the penultimate chance to strike on their favourite terrain. The race does not finish uphill, but the summit of the brutal Menador sits 8 kilometres from the finish line, so the fireworks are expected to ignite on the double digit ramps.

The race starts at altitude in mountain village Ponte di Legno. From an elevation of 1,315 meter the riders tackle the Passo Tonale from the start. The 8.7 kilometres climb precedes a sheer endless downhill to San Michele all’Adige, after which a series of short ascents appear halfway through the race.

After the first intermediate sprint in Pergine Valsugana there are 45 kilometres and two big climbs remaining. The first one is the Passo del Vetriolo – 11.8 kilometres at 7.7% – and the second one the Menador.

The Menador is also known as Monte Rovere. Although it doesn’t climb very high, it’s a brutal test of 7.9 kilometres at 9.9%. The second half is particularly trying with a section peaking out at 15%. It’s part of the penultimate kilometre that averages 12.6%.

The Menador is crested with 8 kilometres to go. That’s flat at first before a false flat leads to the downhill. The last kilometre is false flat again.

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

Favourites 17th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

*** Simon Yates, Richard Carapaz, Romain Bardet
** Wilco Kelderman, Mikel Landa, Miguel Ángel López
* Tom Dumoulin, Hugh Carthy, Thymen Arensman, Giulio Ciccone

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