Giro d'Italia 2016, stage 18 description, map and profile: Thursday, May 26

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When Thursday, May 26
From Muggio
To Pinerolo
Length 244km
Category Flat
Impact on GC 2/5

This long transition stage takes the riders westwards towards the Alps, on a day that offers modest opportunities to gain time for anyone still within shot of the pink jersey.

A largely flat opening 200km bursts into life with the 7km, 7.5 per cent Pramartino, which seems to have been included to tempt attacks, although coming 20km from the finish it could be deemed too far away to attack.

If the GC contenders do indeed ride conservatively, this could be a chance for decent climbers with an aggressive pedigree and strong descending skills to contest for the win, whether from a breakaway at the start of the day or with an attack from the peloton.

Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) goes into the stage with a three-minute lead in the general classification over Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge), but could Vincenzo Nibali (Astana, fourth in the GC) launch an attack on Pramartino to gain back time?

Giro d'Italia 2016 stage 18 profile

Giro d’Italia 2016 stage 18 profile

Giro d'Italia 2016 stage 18 map

Giro d’Italia 2016 stage 18 map