Stage nine of the 2018 Giro d’Italia serves up the third summit finish of the race on Sunday, May 13.
The 225-kilometre route from Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso d’Italia takes varied scenery as runs up the mountainous centre of Italy towards the summit finish.
The racing is lumpy from the start giving plenty of opportunities for the break to get away, but the length of the stage could well deter a few from getting in the move
Although the race profile shows two climbs in the finale, this is effectively a 47km ascent, with the toughest sections of more than 13 per cent saved for the final few kilometres.
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) holds the race lead going into the stage after placing second behind team-mate Esteban Chaves on Mount Etna – and there’s no doubt that they will be the pair to watch again.
Yates sits 16 seconds ahead of defending Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) overall, with Chaves in third at 26 seconds. Tour de France and Vuelta a España champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) is a more distant eighth place, 1-10 adrift of Yates.
After Sunday’s exertions, Monday will see the riders enjoy a well-earned rest day, before Tuesday’s to Gualdo Tadino which gives the riders little chance to re-find their racing legs with a 15km straight from the gun.
The 2018 Giro d’Italia concludes in Rome on Sunday, May 27.