At last, the GC battle is finally here ladies and gents
Stage 14: Conegliano – Valdobbiadene 34.1 km ITT
Saturday, October 17th, 12:35 CEST
The long ITT of the race is not exactly long, but in these days and age that’s what we get. From Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, start and finish are exactly the same as the ITT of the Giro 2015, except that that one was 59 km long… and we are talking about 5 years ago, not a century. But I digress. The route of this year starts with 6.3 km flat before entering the only climb of the day, Ca’ del Poggio (GPM4, 1.1 km at 12.3%), a climb that the Giro seems contractually obliged to ride every damn year. At the top there will be the first checkpoint. The next sector measures 10 km of twisty but flattish roads up to the second checkpoint in Pieve di Soligo, after which the road gets easier until the third checkpoint in Col S.Martino. The final sector of 9 km features some rolling terrain, with some decent ramps (5-6% max).
Ca’ del Poggio: GPM4, 1.1 km at 12.3%
Short and steep, it’s been climbed a lot recently. Never made any difference, as it was always far from the finish.
What to expect:
Overall, it’s an ITT for specialists but not as much as the first one, in particular if it rains. Gaps should still be large though.