Campo Imperatore challenges the favourites: Battle on the Mountain

Capua, a city 28 kilometers from Naples, dresses in pink to kick off the first big battle in the 106th edition of the Giro d’Italia. The high mountain will put everyone in their place in a demanding day that will include the endless ascent to Campo Imperatore. An opportunity for the favourites. And guaranteed show for fans.

Santiago Buitrago, Rigoberto Urán, Einer Rubio, Fernando Gaviria and the rest of the peloton will face a fraction of 218 km with two second category ports and one first categorysaved for last. Steep climbs, slopes of up to 13% and an altitude that exceeds 2000 meters at the finish line, part of the repertoire

The Campo Imperatore challenges the candidates

Stage 7 this Friday, the first high mountain stage of this Giro, will end in the Gran Sasso d’Italia, with the extensive climb to Campo Imperatore. A 45 kilometer ascent divided into two parts. The first, to Calascio (second category port) and the second, almost 30 km towards the finish line. Previously, the cyclists will face the passage through Roccaraso and the long descent to Popoli.

The battle for victory will be reserved for the final leg of the tour. The maximum ramps of 13% inclination will challenge the favorites in the midst of amazing landscapes.

Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia 2023.
Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia 2023.Official / Giro d’Italia

Esteban Chaves and the memory of 2018

The Gran Sasso d’Italia has been the final stage of the Giro four times. The last one, in 2018, an edition in which a Colombian climbed to the podium at the end of the ascent to Campo Imperatore.

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On May 13 of that year, the ninth stage of the Corsa Rosa was run. The cyclists took part in Pesco Sannita and After 225 km of travel, the first to cross the finish line was Simon Yates. The British surpassed in the last meters Thibaut Pinot and Esteban Chaves, second and third respectivelyand was left with the victory.

The Colombian cyclist, then in the Mitchelton-Scott team (Team BikeExchange), entered with the same time as the winner and for that result, he partially rose to second place in the general classification. Miguel Ángel López was also part of the top 10 in that remembered stage.

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Stage 7 of the Giro 2023 will take place this Friday, May 12. Then there will be a section of 207 kilometers between Terni and Fossombrone and later, the totally flat 33.6 km time trial with which the first week of competition will end.

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