When Friday, May 20
To Cividale Del Friuli
Impact on GC 4/5
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After a couple of quiet days, this is the first of four successive stages likely to shape the race for the pink jersey and shake-up the GC.
The first half of the course includes two climbs, the category one Montemaggiore and the category two Crai, to soften the riders up, but it’s the final 40km that will see all the action. The Cima Porzus then the Valle are tackled in immediate succession, although the finish line is a further 13km on from the summit of the latter.
Both these climbs average over eight per cent and last 8.3km and 6km respectively, and can therefore be considered genuine mountains that only the very best climbers at this year’s Giro will still be in contention after. There’s also a fast downhill before the 6.5km flat run-in to the finish, so an ambush from a quality descender could be in the offing.
After the previous day’s sprint stage, Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) goes into stage 13 holding the maglia rosa, sitting 24 seconds ahead of Andrey Amador (Movistar). Main GC rivals Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Steven Kruijswik (LottoNL-Jumbo) are all just over a minute back.