GIRO D’ITALIA STAGE 8 COURSE PREVIEW

This stage across the Apennines mountain range features one single lengthy climb, and a steep, challenging kick just before the finish. At first, the route runs along fast and mainly straight roads all the way to Campobasso. The riders then reach the Matese Mountains to negotiate the 12-plus-mile-long Bocca della Selva climb. Followed by a lengthy descent that ends 6 miles before the finish. The route then rises all the way to the finish, with a sharp kick before homing in.

Finale

The closing climb is approx. 2 miles long. The gradient hovers around 10% for the first 1.5 miles, with sharper peaks. The pitch returns to milder gradients in Guardia Sanframondi, and then kicks up again with 400m to go, after a left-hander. The home straight is on tarmac road and on a slight incline.

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