The Muro di Ca’ del Poggio is a 1.1 kilometres climb at 12.3%. Would make an interesting finish, but the sprinters can rest assured. The Muro is the only real obstacle of the day and it is crested with roughly one hour of racing ahead.
A predominantly flat stage in the last week of the Giro is very usual, but in recent years those races were very long. Not this time though. The route is merely 152 kilometres long. So it should be easy to control for the sprint teams.
On the other hand, the extremely long 19th stage of 2020 was shortened to 124 kilometres after a strike. Remarkably enough, the sprint teams made a half-hearted attempt to bring the breakaway back – and failed. Josef Cerny took the spoils that day.
Mark Cavendish won the first bunch sprint of this edition. In stage 3, the British phenomenon outgunned Arnaud Démare and Fernando Gaviria with a powerful performance. Démare was the fastest finisher on three other occasions, while Dainese took one sprint victory.
Favourites 18th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia
*** Mark Cavendish, Arnaud Démare
** Fernando Gaviria, Alberto Dainese
* Magnus Cort, Davide Ballerini, Mathieu van der Poel
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