The Giro Rosa kicks off with a TTT of 15.5 kilometres and the 2nd stage is a hilly race with a flat finale. Stage 3 is a sprinter’s dream, while the 4th leg features one climb halfway through the route before the rest of the race runs on flat to rolling terrain. The 5th day of action takes two climbs in the last 35 kilometres – one of which is very steep – while a descent leads to an even run-in of 11 kilometres to the line.
The second half of the Giro Rosa begins with two days for the mountain goats. Stage 6 is mostly played out on the flat, yet the finish is uphill in Gerola Alta. The haul-up to the line amounts to 15 kilometres and is averaging 5.4%. The 7th stage is an uphill ITT of 15 kilometres with an average gradient of 6.7%. So it’s a climb from start to finish.
The Giro Rosa’s 8th stage takes in three intermediate climbs, while the finish is 8.7 kilometres after the last peak. Stage 9 is the race’s master-piece with Monte Zoncolan looming large. The race is mostly played out on the flat before the riders tackle the 10.1 kilometres at 11.9% to the line. The climb even features 4 kilometres that are averaging 15.4%.
The ultimate stage takes in a 6 kilometres climb at 7.1% with 10.6 kilometres remaining. The rest of the route is gently undulating.
Except in the time trials, the Giro Rosa stages come with time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds for the first three riders on the line.
Giro Rosa 2018: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Route and profile 1st stage
Route and profile 2nd stage
Route and profile circuit 3rd stage
Route and profile 4th stage
Route and profile 5th stage
Route and profile 6th stage
Route and profile 7th stage
Route and profile 8th stage
Route and profile 9th stage
Route and profile 10th stage
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