When Tuesday May 19
From Civitanova Marche
Impact on GC 1/5
Where are we?
A long transfer during yesterday’s rest day takes us back up north, through the region of Marche and up to the city of Forli in Emilia-Romagna. Gamers in the peloton may recognise Forli from ‘Assassin’s Creed II’ — although knowledge of that game’s pixellated medieval landscapes is unlikely to help them navigate its contemporary roads.
What’s on the route?
The peloton heads into today off the back of the first rest day of the race, and riders are unlikely to expel too much more energy on this pan-flat stage; that is, at least up until the finale, when sprinters’ teams, desperate to make the most of a rare bunch finish, will start jostling for position at the front, much to the despair of everyone else enjoying a welcome rest.
This is the kind of stage usually associated with the first week of Grand Tours, but this year the organisers have mixed things up by spacing out the flat stages across the entire Giro, with no more nor less than two in each week.
As such, any sprinters who want to come home with a stage win — or the points jersey — will have to graft their way through unpleasant terrain before earning their reward.