After Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) showed his first signs of weakness by losing 28 seconds on Thursday’s stage to Prato Nevoso, stage 19 sees a brutal mountain stage to Bardonecchia (Jafferau).
The stage starts on the outskirts on Turin in the town of Venaria Reale and makes its west into the Alps on the way to the summit finish at the top of the Jafferau.
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The race climbs from the start with the second-category Colle del Lys, but the highlight of the day is undoubtedly the Colle delle Finestre, a brutal 18.5km climb that is surfaced with gravel for its second half and is also the Cima Coppi – the highest point of the 2018.
>>> Five talking points from stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia
From there the riders face a technical descent before a third category climb at Sestriere, before the finishing climb up the Jafferau which is only 7km in length but packs in gradients of up to 14 per cent.
Having halved Yates’s lead in Prato Nevoso, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) will be hoping to pick up more time on the Brit after he began to show chinks in his armour.
After today’s stage, stage 20 is the final mountain stage before the flat final day in Rome, and features three first-category climbs that will be the final chance for the GC riders to make their bids for glory.
Catch-up with highlights of stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia above, or read the full race report of the day’s action here.
The 2018 Giro d’Italia concludes in Rome on May 27.