When Thursday, May 12
Impact on GC 3/5
The Giro never hangs about when it comes to getting stuck in with the really tough terrain, and stage six takes us to the Apennine mountain range for this year’s first summit finish.
Following a categorised climb tackled in the first half of the stage, the finish line is at the top of the Aremogna. This climb is more unrelenting than it is difficult – the road tilts upwards some 10km before its official start at 9.25km from the finish, from which point the gradient averages a modest 4.4 per cent.
Anyone with ambitions of winning the pink jersey will have to be on their game today. The climbs aren’t difficult enough to split the race to bits but the peloton should be substantially reduced by the finish.
The big question will be whether Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) will be able to hold on the the overall race lead. The Dutchman has said that he has not done any training at altitude before the Giro, so his climbing form is an unknown quantity.
If the pace is high on the final climb and Dumoulin gets distanced, we will see a new rider don the pink jersey – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) or Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) are all within striking distance.