Giro 2019 Favourites stage 17: Tough test for tough climbers

Miguel Angel Lopez - Giro 2019 Favourites stage 17: Tough test for tough climbersThe 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia features a lot of climbing. Not only on the ascents, but the intermediate sections between the climbs are virtually all false flat. (Slideshow route/profile)

The first climb is the Passo della Mendola – 8.4 kilometres at 4.5% -, which is perfect to stretch the legs. And for the breakaway to take shape. Following the descents the route continues on the ascents to Elvas (3.4 kilometres at 7.6%), Terento (6.6 kilometres at 7.6%) and Anterselva (5.5 kilometres at 6.9%). The Anterselva-climb runs to the finish and a better way to describe it is as follows: 4.5 kilometres at 8.2% and a final-run in on the flat.

What to expect? Hard to tell in advance? How was the monster ride over the Gavia and Mortirolo? Which riders have been forced to set new goals in this Giro? And, very important, who are still strong in the last week of action? Last year, Simon Yates put on an amazing performance with three stage wins and thirteen days in the maglia rosa before he faded away in the final days of the Giro.

Crucial will be Roglic’ position in the overall standings. He is by far the best time trialist of all GC contenders, so if he is wearing the maglia rosa or close behind on GC, his rivals will be forced to attack. After all, the last stage of the Giro is an ITT.

So how the race unfolds depends on the GC and we will update this article in good time. But without any doubt, a climber will take the spoils in Anterselva – be it from the breakaway or a GC rider.

Favourites 17th 2019 Giro d’Italia
*** Simon Yates, Miguel Ángel López, Primoz Roglic
** Vincenzo Nibali, Mikel Landa, Rafal Majka
* Bauke Mollema, Thomas de Gendt, Fausto Masnada, Ben O’Connor

Check out the route of stage 17.

Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 17: profiles, route last climb

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