When Saturday, May 21
Impact on GC 4/5
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They’ve been getting closer and closer ever since the race first entered Italy, and today is the day the peloton finally completes its long journey north and reaches the mountains of the Dolomites.
With a total of six peaks, this is the queen stage of this year’s Giro, and will punish any GC hopeful not feeling 100 per cent. The penultimate climb, the Passo Giau, is the most difficult with a gradient that barely dips below 8 per cent over its 10km duration, while the category two Passo Valparola is crested 20km from the finish.
With so many climbs on route, and with the first four all tackled long before the finish line, this is a key stage for anyone with their sights on the King of the Mountains classification to get into the break and earn some points.