Giro 2023 Favourites stage 8: For the punchers

Michael Matthews - Giro 2023 Favourites stage 8: For the punchersfoto: Cor VosThe 8th stage of the Giro boils down to a finishing circuit of almost 60 kilometres with three short and sharp ascents. Presumably, the decisive action happens on a 1.8 kilometres ramp at 10.6% before the riders fly down to a flat run-in to the line. (Slideshow route/profile)

The Tirreno-Adriatico includes a so called Tappa dei Muri on a yearly basis. Stage 8 would fit perfectly into that mold, as it’s a race dominated by a series of excessively steep climbs. What’s lacking in length is added vertically.

One could argue that a Tappa dei Muri on the Tirreno is longer than this stage. Yet, this will not impact the outcome whatsoever. A punchy rider with a fast descent and dito sprint, that’s the type that will cross the line in Fossombrone celebrating.

The finishing circuit takes in the Muro dei Cappuccini (2.8 kilometres at 7.6%, but the last 1.8 kilometres at 9.6%), the Monte delle Cesane (7.8 kilometres at 6.5%, but 2.5 kilometres at 9.6% in the first part) and, again, the Muro dei Cappuccini. The route then descends for 4 kilometres to the last 2 kilometres on the flat.

Favourites 8th stage 2023 Giro d’Italia

*** Primoz Roglic, Michael Matthews, Santiago Buitrago, Ben Healy
** Simon Clarke, Alberto Bettiol, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Alessandro Covi
* Mads Pedersen, Diego Ulissi, Warren Barguil, Pavel Sivakov, Natnael Tesfatsion

Another interesting read: route 8th stage 2023 Giro.

Giro d’Italia 2023 stage 8: profiles, route finale

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