The key stages of the second week of the Giro d’Italia

The Giro d’Italia enters its second week of racing this Tuesday and does so with routes ideal for ambushes as well as a great appetizer in the mountains ahead of the hectic last week. Below we review the key stages of this second week of the Giro d’Italia.

Stage 10: Pescara – Jesi (Tuesday May 17, 196 kilometers)

The second week of the Giro d’Italia will start with a 196-kilometer day between Pescara and Jesi with two very different parts. The first 100 kilometers will be completely flat with the peloton riding along the Adriatic Sea. From here the road will get complicated with terrain that will include the fourth-category climbs to Crocette di Montecosaro and Recanati, the demanding passage through Filottrano, in homage to the ill-fated Michele Scarponi, and the 4.2-kilometre climb to Monsano at 4.2% and ramps of 11% located just 9 kilometers from the finish line, so a favorite could be encouraged to try it.

Stage 12: Parma – Genoa (Thursday May 19, 204 kilometers)

The peloton will enter the second half of the Giro with a long route of 204 kilometers between Parma and Genoa in a day full of traps. The first half of the stage will go slightly uphill towards Passo del Bocco (3rd category). A fast and long descent will take the runners to the last 60 kilometers in which the cyclists will climb La Colletta (3rd) and the tough Valico di Trensasco, with its 4.3 kilometers at 8% and located 31 kilometers from the finish line.

Stage 14: Santena – Turin (Saturday, May 21, 147 kilometers)

New ‘classic’ day at the Giro with a short but demanding route of 147 kilometers between Santena and Turin. The runners will roll through a pestilential terrain on the way to the Il Pilonetto climb before entering the very tough final circuit of Turin, which they will do two laps, and which includes the climbs to Superga (2nd category with its 5 kilometers at 8.6% ) and Colle della Maddalena, also second category with its 3.5 kilometers at 8.1% and ramps of up to 20%. The last step up the Parco del Nobile slope is presented as the last option to break the race before the finish line in Turin.

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Stage 15: Rivarolo Canavese – Cogne (Sunday May 22, 178 kilometers)

The second week of the Giro will close with a beautiful 177-kilometre mountain stage between Rivarolo Canavese and Cogne. The first 100 kilometers are initially calm for the peloton except for a couple of steep slopes before entering the second part of the stage where the pace will harden with the first of the day’s climbs: Pila-Les-Fleurs, first category with its 12.3 kilometers at 6.9%. A rapid descent will take the cyclists to the second big climb of the day: Verrogne, first category with its 13.8 kilometers at 7.1%. The descent of this port will take the cyclists to the final ascent to Cogne, which with its 22.4 kilometers at 4.3% is much longer than the first two ports, but where the cyclists will arrive with the fatigue of their efforts made in Pila-Les-Fleurs and Verrogne.

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