Are you guys happy now? It's got the year, it's got a comma, I might add a poll later. Can't give you a MTF, though.
Friday, May 14th, 12.50 CEST
The peloton keeps heading south also on the first Friday of the race, this time on a much easier terrain than the one they saw yesterday. From the town of Notaresco, the riders will head towards the coast and then ride along it for most of the day. The only GPM of this stage is the climb to Chieti (GPM4, 4.7 km at 5.9%), which unlike other years it will be climbed on a very easy side. After that, 40 km of rolling terrain will bring the peloton back to the coast, at about 70 km to go. Of these, only a 15 km section in the middle departs from the sea to go inland for a while before going back. All in all, 55ish km of coast, not a famously windy coast, granted, but nevertheless a coast, all flat, straight, and in most sections fully exposed. Interestingly, just upon reaching Termoli, the riders will encounter a very short ramp (around 150m) at 12%. It comes after a 90-degree turn, so the riders will enter it at low speed, and it might shuffle the peloton enough to make the outcome unpredictable even in case of mass sprint.
Chieti: GPM4, 4.7 km at 5.9%
Not the usual wall into Chieti, but a much simpler ascent without double-digit gradients. No official profile.
What to expect:
A mass sprint, unless there is crosswind, in which case it could be madness. Pray for wind. I don’t believe the short bump at the end will see any action, but it should derail the sprint trains and maybe produce a surprising result.
Borgo Antico, Termoli