When Thursday, May 19
Impact on GC 1/5
The Giro organisers are renowned for being tight-fisted when it comes to handing out opportunities for sprinters, but this year they’ve thrown them a bone with this benign stage in North-West Italy.
Racing at the Giro doesn’t get much easier than this – it’s short, it’s pleasant and it’s super-flat, containing not a single climb despite the presence of the Dolomites looming on the horizon.
If the exact same parcours had been tackled early in the race’s opening week rather than mid-way through the second, the bunch sprint would have been almost certain to culminate in a showdown between the usual suspects. But this deep into a race and those top sprinters are likely to be substantially fatigued, or possibly have abandoned the race altogether.