Giro 2022 Favourites stage 20: Final GC clash in high mountains

Romain Bardet - Giro 2022 Favourites stage 20: Final GC clash in high mountainsimage: Cor VosThe final 100 kilometres of the final mountain stage at the Giro features three huge climbs. Perfect setting for the last GC battle in the high mountains.

Let’s hope the time gaps between the big guns are still small at this stage. If so, the final weekend of the Giro could turn into an epic battle for the pink jersey. First stage 20 with roughly 4,500 metres of climbing, and then the Verona ITT.

The stuff of legends, that’s stage 20 for you. After 17 kilometres on the flat a minor climb precedes a false flat that goes on for miles. It’s the run-up to the real work. With 100 kilometres to go the riders tackle the Passo San Pellegrino – 18.5 kilometres at 6.2% – and after the Passo Pordoi – 11.8 kilometres at 6.8% – the Grande Finale is played out on the Passo Fedaia.

The Fedaia is a 14 kilometres toil at 7.6%. Obviously, the preceding climbs have added to the fatigue before the last 5 kilometres are sheer agony with the gradients never dropping below 10%.

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

Favourites 20-th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

*** Simon Yates, Richard Carapaz, Romain Bardet
** Mikel Landa, Miguel Ángel López, Wilco Kelderman
* Hugh Carthy, Giulio Ciccone, Iván Sosa, Lorenzo Fortunato

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