I see your point. But Fedaia is also perfectly placed to combine with other climbs like Pordoi or Sella, and that 5 km, 11 % ramp at Fedaia is an excellent point for attacking.In what universe does Fedaia count as a massive climb when Forcola di Livigno doesn't? Just smacks of trying to find a stick to beat RCS with. Also, Forcola right before Mottolino is actually a really nice combination.
Btw, a finish at Mottolino at the Livigno stage? Does that mean they are finish at the foot of the Mottolino gondola?
The Livigino stage is okay by itself, but the total the last week seems really underwhelming. Not much is going to happen on a Livigno to Gardena via Stelvio stage, neither if they to Pinei towards Selva or climb from Ponte Gardena to Ortisei. The Passo Coe stage is what it is, a fairly decent MTF but not much more than that. And the last Grappa stage could be anything from a double Grappa to a single Grappa via one of the easient ascents like the northern one from Caupo.IMO the route looks to be the best since at least 2020. First MTF on stage 2, only one big MTF so much as rumoured for the final 8 stages, nothing stupid for stage 20, and the only potential bit of bad pacing would be Coé on stage 17 after Val Gardena/Val di Fassa on stage 16, which might not even happen in the first place because the rumours for that section are still a bit vague. It isn't going to be a truly stellar route, but it definitely isn't likely to be bad either. Yes, a late-stage Finestre, Mortirolo, Stelvio or Gavia would have been great, but only the latter would have been possible with the set of towns that is bidding, and it would still have been about 60k out which is a bit much for stage 15. Moreover, if snow were to cancel it, the alternative would not be Forcola (which is theoretically safer regarding snow, but only if they get the clearance sorted in time), but Mortirolo (probably from the weak side) - long valley - Foscagno, which is awful. So as long as they actually make sure Forcola is sorted (unlike with GSB this year), this is actually the more sensible option, especially if they finish on Mottolino. Would have liked it even better if they went over Mortirolo (from the weak side if needs be) or Monte Padrio before Forcola to make it a true monster stage, but how that's supposed to be a bad stage is beyond me.