When Wednesday, May 18
Impact on GC 2/5
How the sprinters must wish this trek north through the Emilia-Romagna and Veneto regions ended just 15km earlier.
The first 197km are entirely flat, and would have set up the most straightforward of sprint finishes were it not for what comes next. First the 3km Forcella Mostaccin climb averaging 7 per cent, then a brief descent, then another (unclassified) uphill, and finally a 3.5km descent to the finish.
With so few opportunities left, sprinters’ teams will be determined to control the race during this frenzied finale to set their men up for a bunch finish. Again, only those capable of hauling themselves over those final climbs will stand a chance, which is likely to rule out the pure sprinters.
Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) wears the maglia rosa after the climb-filled stage 10. He sits ahead of Movistar pair Andrey Amador and Alejandro Valverde overall. Barring disaster, it looks likely that Jungels will retain the race lead until at least Friday’s mountains stage.