When Wednesday, May 11
From Praia a Mare
Impact on GC 1/5
The peloton continues heading up north through Calabria into Campania, eventually finishing in the ancient city of Benevento, in what is the second longest stage of this year’s Giro.
Don’t be fooled by the roadbook signifying just one categorised climb – even after the Fortino has been crested after 35.8km, the terrain undulates most of the way to the finish, with plenty of ups and downs to drain the riders’ legs.
The small uphill drag to the finish line may not look like much, but the sprinters will feel it sharply on the back of the 233km that precede it.
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) regained the overall race lead from Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) on the preceding stage, which turned out to defy predictions by not being a day for the sprinters.
Dumoulin simply needs to finish in the lead group to retain the pink jersey into stage six.