When Friday May 22
From Montecchio Maggiore
Impact on GC 1/5
Where are we?
Just before we head to the Dolomites, the race takes a detour east for one last visit to the Adriatic coast, to Jesolo. Famous for its beaches, Jesolo is a popular tourist destination for Italians not wishing to be ripped off at nearby Venice.
What’s on the route?
The riders won’t enjoy an easier day than this until Milan. There is not a single classified climb to dent the parcours, nor even those pesky uphill roads that the organisers surprise everyone with by leaving unclassified. And it’ll all be over quickly too, with just 153km to cover in total. By the time they reach the beautiful beach in Jesolo, some may even feel like they’re on holiday and not competing in one of the sport’s toughest events.
Not the sprinters, though, for this represents a chance they can hardly afford to miss. The pressure will be on any fastmen still seeking a stage win to deliver, with perhaps only two chances left after this stage in the race.
The finish looks straightforward enough, with a long run-in to the line along the coast. That should allow the lead-out trains plenty of room and time to set their man up for the final sprint.