Organisers RCS revealed another section of next year's Giro d'Italia route on Sunday; a mountainous 161km route on stage 13 from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli.
The revelation adds to what's already been unveiled by the organisers about next year's route ahead of the official presentation on October 3, with an opening individual time trial in the Netherlands and another, longer ITT on stage nine through the vineyards of Chianti.
Stage 13 of the race will see the riders cover four categorised climbs and one other in the Julian Alps, with the last to Valle peaking at around 14km from the finish, before technical 6km descent and fast run to the line which could suit a breakaway.
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This stage will also be the basis for the Giro Gran Fondo, which, though shorter at 133km, traverses the same climbs as the pros with only a short flat part missing from the beginning. Entry for the event in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region (North East) will cost just €30 (£22) until October 25.
"The relationship that exists between the Giro and this Region is truly special," said race director Mauro Vegni.
"I'm sure that the stage that we presented today is going to be beautiful, spectacular and decisive for the Maglia Rosa winner; all the world will have the chance to see it in over 170 countries across the five continents."
The race is also reportedly to take in the white gravel roads of Tuscany, the main feature of the Strade Bianche one-day Classic, and the return of the Gavia climb, which featured in the 2014 addition of the race.
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