After 4 stages on Sicily and passing close by The Trophy Cabinet (so close but ever out of reach), and crossing between Scylla and Charybdis along the way, we arrive on the mainland of Italy.
Vai vai vai
Vai vai vai
Stage 5: Mileto – Camigliatello Silano 225 km
Wednesday, October 7th, 10:25 CEST
The Giro goes back to the mainland for an awesome (and long) medium mountain stage in Calabria. From Mileto, the riders will travel along the Tyrrhenic coast for a few kms before heading towards the other side of the peninsula, all of this on rolling terrain with very little actual flat. After reaching the first intermediate sprint of Catanzaro Lido, the peloton will head north to the actual city of Catanzaro (GPM3, 4 km at 4.7%), the regional capital. However, they will only touch it quickly before heading down the hill again and starting another categorized climb, Tiriolo (GPM3, 10.6 km at 5.3%). Weirdly, the official GPM is just over halfway of the actual climb, which in total would be 17 km at 4.5%. At the top there is a long and irregular plateau, and the descent only starts 30 km later. The following climb, Rogliano, is uncategorized, even though it is 5.2 km at 6.3%, not too shabby. Its descent brings to the second intermediate sprint in the city of Cosenza, where we get the main dish of the day. Valico di Montescuro (GPM1, 24.2 km at 5.6%) is a massive climb, that starts with around 7 km at 6% before an easier section of 4 km at 4%. After reaching the town of Spezzano however, the peloton will take a secondary road that features a steep ramp of 1.5 km at 11.6%, just before reconnecting with the main road. From there, there are still over 10 at a steady 6%. The top is at 12 km to go, 8 of which are a fast descent and the last 4 are false flat.
Catanzaro: GPM3, 4 km at 4.7%
Short and easy climb in the city. GPM3 is a bit of a stretch. No profile.
Tiriolo: GPM3, 10.6 km at 5.3%
As mentioned above, the climb actually continues for over 6 km more after the GPM. Still no profile.
Valico di Montescuro: GPM1, 24.2 km at 5.6%
A very long climb in La Sila massif. It was missing from the Giro since 1985. It’s a very steady climb besides its one ramp at over 11% around halfway up.
What to expect:
It will be a very demanding stage, the break of the day will likely get a huge gap and they will have good chances to defend on the last climb, unless the peloton is fully committed. If GC guys are interested, Montescuro is more than enough to do damage, probably more than the Etna. It’s still stage 5, but the ITT might have produced some good gaps and there are two more to come, so climbers should take what they can get. And as far as medium mountain stages go, you can’t get anything better than this.
La Sila National Park