When Wednesday May 20
Impact on GC 3/5
Where are we?
Today we finish at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari F1 circuit, home of the San Marino Grand Prix. Although halfway through the Giro, with 11 race days in the peloton’s legs, this track is unlikely to see riders going at the kind of speeds it’s used to.
What’s on the route?
If sprinters could design their very own race finish, they’d probably come up with something akin to the wide-open, smooth, exposed setting of the Dino Ferrari circuit (that’s a homage to the car, not the controversial doctor).
But once again riders are likely to be thwarted by the tricky hills that precede the finish. The race track comes at the end of a 17km circuit that is tackled three times, and includes the Tre Monti — not too difficult a climb, but it’s long and draggy enough to string the bunch out and allow the better climbers to come to the fore.
Prior to this finishing circuit is yet more undulating terrain and two categorised climbs, which will likely prompt a strong break to get away that could contain today’s stage winner.