Giro 2023 Favourites stage 12: Piquant finale for attackers

Brandon McNulty - Giro 2023 Favourites stage 12: Piquant finale for attackersimage: Cor VosThe Colle Braida is likely to be a big factor in the 12th stage of the Giro. The 9.8 kilometres climb at 7.1% is crested 28 kilometres before the finish in Rivoli. (Slideshow route/profile)

The hilly opening of the race is packed with ammunition for a compelling battle for the breakaway. A series of climbs takes the riders to the village of Pedaggera at kilometre 36. The route then descends to a flat section of roughly 80 kilometres to the base of the Colle Braida.

As mentioned, the Colle Braida is 9.8 kilometres long and averages 7.1%. The second half is the hardest part, as it throws in the 8 to 9% gradients.

The first riders over the Colle Braida are likely to battle it out for the stage win.

The route descends from the Colle Braida to a predominantly flat section of 20 kilometres before the ultimate kilometre holds a small suprise up its sleeve. The riders descend on the narrow Via I Maggio to turn left onto the Corso Einadi. It’s important to not lose speed in that corner, as the road starts to rise at 8% right away. The finish lies 700 metres on the flat further.

Favourites 12th stage 2023 Giro d’Italia

*** Brandon McNulty, Alberto Bettiol, Michael Matthews, Ben Healy
** Simon Clarke, Bauke Mollema, Stefano Oldani, Santiago Buitrago
* Alessandro De Marchi, Andreas Leknessund, Andrea Pasqualon, Filippo Zana

Another interesting read: route 12th stage 2023 Giro.

Giro d’Italia 2023 stage 12: profiles, route finale

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