The stage travels across the Po Plain, from north to south, on straight and mostly wide roads. As the stage passes through several urban areas, roundabouts, traffic islands and street furniture will be found along the route. A few undulations over the last 18 miles will be the only topographical impediments.
After descending from Canneto Pavese, the route continues almost straight to the finish in Stradella.
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Alberto Bettiol of EF Education won the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia, the longest of the race at 143 miles. Bettiol hunted down Frenchman Remi Cavagna of Deceuninck who had escaped from a big breakaway group with 15 miles to go and finished 15 seconds ahead of fellow Italian Simone Consonni.
“It was a really emotional stage, it was a really hard stage,” said Bettiol after his first career victory in Italy.
“It was really warm finally, because it’s been a really tough and a really cold Giro. Finally the sun comes out.”
The main peloton, including the overall leader, Colombian Egan Bernal of Ineos, finished 23 minutes and 30 seconds after Bettiol.