When Tuesday, May 17
From Campi Bisenzio
Category Medium mountains
Impact on GC 3/5
The riders would do well to make the most of their rest day on Monday, as what follows is a particularly long, arduous day in the saddle on stage 10 through Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna.
At 216km in length and with unceasingly rolling terrain, it’s reminiscent of an Ardennes Classic – that is until the final 20km, when things get even tougher, first with the 3km Plan del Falco, which features a maximum gradient of 20 per cent, then, following a speedy descent, a climb up Passo del Lupo to the finish at Sestola.
With an average gradient of five per cent, the Passo del Lupo isn’t quite difficult enough to draw the GC favourites into a full-on battle, so this may be a day for the breakaway.
Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx-QuickStep) goes into the stage as overall race leader and with a slim one-second advantage over team-mate Bob Jungels. Whether the maglia rosa will stay in the hands of Etixx will remain to be seen as this is new territory for both riders.