Giro d'Italia 2016, stage eight description, map and profile: Saturday, May 14
When Saturday, May 14
Category Hilly/dirt roads
Impact on GC 3/5
The second weekend of the Giro kicks off in Umbria with what look set to be one of the most entertaining stages of the race, thanks to the inclusion of Alpe di Ponti.
Not only is the climb mouth-wateringly placed just 17km from the finish, it also comprises the dirt road surface known as strade bianche that gives its name to the popular classic held in Tuscany every March.
These roads always provide a unique spectacle and daunting challenge, and could seriously dent the chances of any favourites uncomfortable on them – especially if it rains.
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) heads into the stage as overall leader: will any of the other contenders launch a daring challenge on the final climb? Dumoulin goes into the following day’s individual time trial as favourite for the stage victory, and could well gain significant time on his rivals.