Eshnar said:STAGE 10: Foligno – Montefalco 39.8 km ITT
START TIME: TBD
The first ITT of the race comes the latest in recent times, with the GC presumably already shaped up by two very serious MTFs, and after a rest day. With a length just short of 40 km and a flattish terrain, this ITT is clearly good for specialists, more than last year's one, although not as good as other Giro TTs like the ones of 2013 and 2015. The route is very conveniently divided in 3 sections by 2 intermediates. The first section, 9.8 km long, is totally flat, on long and wide roads, absolutely perfect for specialists. The second section instead goes up the hills, featuring some twisty roads and rolling terrain, the hardest part being the road towards Madonna delle Grazie, 5 km always with easy ramps (never above 5%) and respites. The third section is again similar to the first in terms of mostly straight roads, but the terrain is not as flat, with some gentle uphill ramps (see last kms profile) that will lead every rider to Montefalco.
What to expect:
As I said, a TT for specialists. Serious gaps. 50-55 minutes of effort (but I'm always terrible at predicting TT times).