The 2018 Giro d’Italia finally hits mainland Italy for stage seven on Friday, May 11.
After the gruelling slog up Mount Etna at the end of stage six and a transfer from Sicily, the riders are faced with a relatively flat and short stage totalling 159km.
On paper, it should be a day for the sprinters to have another chance at grabbing a stage win – and that means that on-form Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) could add to his two stage victories already bagged during the race. Or will another rider claim a victory?
Barring any unforeseen incidents, the general classification should remain largely unchanged. British rider Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) goes into stage seven as the overall race leader, having taken the maglia rosa from Rohan Dennis (BMC) with an impressive performance on Mount Etna.
Defending 2017 Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) sits in second spot overall at 16 seconds, with Yates’s team-mate and stage six winner Esteban Chaves in third at 26 seconds.
On Saturday, the riders will face a summit finish, with a 209km stage from Praia a Mare to Montevergine di Mercogliano, followed by another summit finish at the end of stage nine on Sunday. The general classification looks set to be shaken up once again over the weekend.
The 2018 Giro d’Italia concludes on Sunday, May 27 in Rome.