'We'll see the big fight that we didn't see on Etna': GC contenders prepare for Blockhaus battle

Big names promise fireworks after Etna damp squib

The GC group sprints for the line at the top of Mount Etna on stage four of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The Giro d'Italia's first classification battle will come on Sunday, one week into the Grand Tour, on the Blockhaus climb in central Italy. The race's stars say that fans will see the big fight that failed to materialise on Mount Etna.

The climb, near Pescara in Abruzzo, covers 13.6km and the gradient averages at 8.4%, touching 14% as it heads deep into the Apennine mountains.

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