After today, the only question is: Can Démare win this one too?
Stage 8: Giovinazzo – Vieste 200 km
Saturday, October 10th, 11:25 CEST
The second weekend opens with an interesting stage. From Giovinazzo the riders will go north, following the coastline for 90 km towards the first intermediate sprint in Manfredonia. There, they will enter the Gargano peninsula and follow most of the stage to Peschici of 2017. The first difficulty of the day is also the hardest: Monte S.Angelo (GPM2, 9.6 km at 6.1%) is a serious climb but it’s too far from the finish to matter. Its descent leads back to the rocky Gargano coast, which is characterized by twisty roads and almost no flat. The next climb is uncategorized, Coppa S.Tecla (7.6 km at 4.2%), but features some solid ramps in the first part. After the descent, the next little climb is inexplicably categorized instead, La Guardiola (GPM4, 1.4 km at 5.6%). Once the riders reach the finishing town of Vieste they will enter a 15 km circuit to be repeated twice. The only difficulty of the circuit is Via Saragat (1 km at 9.3%), which is short but hides some serious ramps (max 17%) and tops at 10 km to go, mostly descending false flats.
Monte S.Angelo: GPM2, 9.6 km at 6.1%
A solid climb, close to 7% all the way to the top. Shame that it is so far from the finish.
Guardiola: GPM4, 1.4 km at 5.6%
Just very easy. No profile available.
What to expect:
Tough to call. Maybe the break of the day, maybe an attacker on the last wall, maybe even the peloton will keep it together for a reduced bunch sprint. This stage should be fun.