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Stage 6: Cassino - San Giovanni Rotondo 238 km :*:*:*

Thursday, May 16th



Route stage 6:

 The 6th stage of the Giro d'Italia travels on rolling to hilly terrain from Cassino to San Giovanni Rotondo. At 238 kilometres, the route is likely to lead to a day for the breakaway or a sprint of a selected peloton. The first 190 km take place on straight and broad fast roads, with a few tunnels along the way, but with no major climbs. The route then changes dramatically: the roads are narrower, and worn out at points.

The Giro visited Cassino in 2014. A crash in the town shook up the peloton just before hitting the final climb to Montecassino, the Benedictine Abbey on a rock plateau above Cassino. Michael Matthews, Tim Wellens, Cadel Evans and Matteo Rabottini survived the 8.6 kilometres ascent before crossing the line in that order.

Cassino is included in the 2019 Giro d’Italia as a start.

Although the route is hardly ever flat, it doesn’t feature any hard climbs either. A descending false flat of 50 kilometres runs to the foot of the biggest challenge of the day. The Coppa Casarinelle climb appears at kilometre 205. The route ascents 15 kilometres at 4.4%

 Downhill leads to the second intermediate sprint of the day, which is directly followed by another uphill kick – albeit a short one.
The last kilometres of the race are going either false flat up or false flat down. Following a short lap in San Giovanni Rotondo the final kilometre slopes at approximately 3%.

Random Favourites 6th stage 2019 Giro d’Italia
:*:*:* Thomas De Gendt, Valerio Conti
:*:*  Jan Bakelants, Gianluca Brambilla, Enrico Battaglin
:* Jan Polanc, Luke Durbridge, Tanel Kangert, Victor Campenaerts

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