Preview of Giro d'Italia 2015, stage 14: description, map and profile: Saturday May 23
When Saturday May 23
Category Individual time trial
Impact on GC 5/5
Where are we?
We’re in the wine growing region of Veneto, home to the finest Prosecco. The Valdobbiadene region where the route culminates is particularly noted for its vineyards, and makes up part of the ‘Prosecco road’ populated by family run wineries. Make sure to try the Conegliano Valdobbiadene.
What’s on the route?
The hearts of many a 5ft 6in, 60kg climber would have leapt upon first seeing only one effort against the clock in the Giro route, only to sink again upon realising that it’s 59km long.
In packing all of this year’s time trialling kilometres into just one stage, the organisers have created the longest Giro TT since the 60km stage in 2009, when Denis Menchov put over a minute into all but one of his rivals and first gained the pink jersey that he would go on to defend to the end.
This stage is likely to be just as pivotal, and, despite featuring some bumpy terrain to redress the balance, will have all the non-specialists nervous — the losses sustained from a bad day in the saddle will be compounded by the stage’s excessive length, and would be hard to recover from in the final week.