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Stage 8: Napoli – Napoli 153 km
Saturday, May 14th, 12:35 BST

This challenging and intense stage, raced entirely on urban roads, sets off passing over the finish line. Past Bacoli, the riders will cover the Monte di Procida circuit (19 km) four times. The lumpy route adds up to 149 kilometres. Italy's third largest city hasn't seen the Giro visit since the Grande Partenza of 2013. Then, the 1st stage was a criterium race and Mark Cavendish turned out on top.
This years stage is also a city criterium, only much hillier.


The riders will start in the city, then head west along a wide counterclockwise loop.

The route climbs up the Posillipo hill, heading to Bacoli and taking a loop along the coast. After approximately 50 kilometres, they reach the circuit in Monte di Procida, which is to be repeated 4 times. The circuit is 19 km long and features a categorized climb, Monte di Procida (GPM4, 2.1 km at 6%)

Final kms
The stage gets back to Napoli using the most of the same roads as before, consisting of some rough terrain and a small climb topping at 8 km to go
The last 3 pan-flat kilometres run eastwards along the Via Dohrn and Via Caracciolo. At the last km, the route takes a U‑turn at a roundabout, and returns along the Via Caracciolo all the way to the finish. The home straight (900 m) is on tarmac.



What to Expect.
The Naples stage at this Giro includes a series of short and sharp hills. Which makes it perfect for riders with good credentials in the hilly Classics. There will be very little to be gained for GC riders, so the breakaway will likely be given enough leash to succeed.

Favourites 8th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

:*:*:*:*:* Mathieu van der Poel, Biniam Girmay
:*:*:*:* Magnus Cort, Diego Ulissi
:*:*:* Andrea Vendrame, Valerio Conti, Jhonatan Narváez
:*:* Mattias Skjelmose, Vincenzo Albanese,
:* Ben Tulett, Mauri Vansevenant, Attila Valter
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     Struggling to keep up today, but that was a cracking stage with TdG turning the clock back to produce a performance of which only he seems capable.

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    Stage 9: Isernia – Blockhaus 189 km *****
    Sunday, May 15th, 11:35 CET

    Here we go, the second weekend ends with the Giro's first 5 star rated stage, across the Apennines, with a 5,000 m elevation gain and includes a double ascent of Blockhaus. The Blockhaus was first included on the 1967 Giro d’Italia with Eddy Merckx powering to his first stage win in a Grand Tour. The fun begins right at the starting town of Isernia, where the riders will immediately climb the first climb of the day.



    The road will keep undulating until the town of Pretoro, at 54 km to go. The riders will head south towards the Majella massif, where they will tackle the first ascent of the Passo Lanciano (GPM1, 10.3 km at 7.6%) The descent is along a much steeper road, but it is not very technical. At 27 km to go, the road will rise yet again gently (around 4-5%) up until Roccamorice, where the final intermediate sprint is located and the final climb of the Blockhaus starts. (GPM1, 13.6 km at 8.4%)



    The Main Climbs:



    Final kms
    The last 13 km go up steadily on narrow road, with several hairpins. Gradients are over 9% for almost 10 km, with peaks reaching as high as 14%. There is a very short countersloping stretch 500 m before the finish. The home straight (200 m long, on 6-m wide tarmac) has an uphill gradient of approx. 8%.





    What to expect:

    Expect the serious contenders for the Maglia Azzurra to show their hand as there are a lot of points available throughout the stage. However, Blockhaus being one of the toughest climbs in this edition, ( In 2017, this finish defined the race) we can also expect a full on GC battle, which should bring to the fore the real contenders and relegate the pretenders.

    As for the sprinters, with that punishing climb coming so early in the stage, they face a battle for survival that I am afraid for some may prove too much.

    Favourites 9th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

    :*:*:*:*:* Simon Yates
    :*:*:*:* Mikel Landa, Richard Carapaz
    :*:*:* Romain Bardet, Pello Bilbao
    :*:* Wilco Kelderman, Richie Porte, João Almeida, Hugh Carthy
    :* Wout Poels, Jai Hindley, Thymen Arensman
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    You never know, some GC men could get caught out at the start as well (or Yates could be having his "bad" day). Cue a fast pace at the front and less chance of a regroupement in the middle sector = an even tighter time limit.

    Shame I'm gonna miss it.
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    The last 15km or so was all that was really needed for viewing purposes.

    Everybody looked very human on the climb and while Bardet, Landa and Carapaz looked slightly better today than the other three, on another day it could be different. Should be an entertaining race going forward from a competition point of view.
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    thanks for keeping this updated. Will try to contribute more over the coming days again. Chat is set up for week #2 already.

    I took the wrong train out of Napoli on Saturday, btw, so ended up in the middle of nowhere instead of at the Giro circuit, which was a bit of a shame. Wasting two hours that way, the only option was to head to the finish instead then, so my Giro in the end only consisted of the two stage finishes at the Etna and in Napoli (+1 minute of the peloton going through when it passed close to my holiday home on day #5). It was cool to grab of the Giro flair again after a couple of years, but as usual at those finishes, they are crowded and you spend most time waiting for not seeing much in the end.

    Didn't take too many pictures at the Giro, but here's at least some evidence I was there ;)


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