The riders leave the city for an outing to one of the beaches of Rome, Lido di Castel Fusano. It’s 16 kilometres one way and another 16 kilometres back before the Giro enters its finishing circuit.
The circuit is a copy of the Rome stage of the 2018 Giro with the extension of a northerly lap, which mostly runs along the Tiber and also dips its toe into the Villa Borghese park. The other part goes through the old city, via Circus Maximus to the Colosseum, while the finish is situated on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, halfway the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia.
The race is a perfect chance for fast men to award themselves after having endured the enormous amount of high altitude torture in the course the Giro. In fact, the total altitude gain was 51,300 metres.
None of this on the final day of action. The winner succeeds Sam Bennett. The Irishman outgunned Elia Viviani and Jean-Pierre Drucker in Rome, while Chris Froome also crossed the line celebrating. The four-time Tour de France winner won the Giro of 2018, not knowing that it would be his last ever victory in a cycling contest.
The second intermediate sprint comes with time bonuses of 3, 2 and 1 seconds, while 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line.
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