GIRO D’ITALIA STAGE 20 COURSE PREVIEW

A colossal Alpine stage, crossing over to Switzerland. After the start, the route passes the Swiss border to negotiate the never-ending San Bernardino Pass (15 miles), clearing the summit above 6300 feet. After the descent, the riders will rise again to over 6500 feet, to negotiate the Splügen Pass. A technical descent (passing through a few tunnels and an avalanche gallery) will lead all the way to the foot of the closing climb in Campodolcino.

FINALE

The ramps are steep over the last 4 miles. Past Campodolcino, the route ascends in hairpins, through a number of tunnels, up to Pianazzo, travelling the old, narrow road to Madesimo, with punishing gradients. After a relatively flat stretch in Madesimo, the route rises again with gradients nearing 10% over the last miles. The home straight is on tarmac road and on a slight incline.

TOP 5 STAGE WINNER FAVORITES

  • Egan Bernal
  • Hugh Carthy
  • Simon Yates
  • Joao Almeida
  • Geoffrey Bouchard

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