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Stage 19: Marano Lagunare – Santuario di Castelmonte 178 km
Friday, May 27th, 12:10 CET

The 19th stage of the Giro returns to the mountains, crosses over to Slovenia and closing with a summit finish. It travels in 178 kilometres from Marano Lagunare to the Sanctuary of Castelmonte. It includes three intermediate climbs before the finish, which lies uphill. The Kolovrat climb is a candidate for being called the hardest in the race, as it ascends at nearly 10% for 10 km and offers the best opportunity for a long range attack from riders looking to claw back more than a few seconds.

Starting in Marano Lagunare, the route cuts across the lowlands all the way to the morainic hills around Fagagna and Majano. The stage course crosses Buja, reaches the Julian Prealps, runs past the Grotte di Villanova . The route enters Slovenia through the Uccea pass. After clearing the Passo Solarie, a long false-flat down leads back to Italy, snaking through the woods. Starting in Cividale del Friuli, the peloton will tackle the closing climb to the Castelmonte sanctuary.

The Climbs:

Villanova Grotte: GPM3, 3.7 km at 8%

Passo di Tanamea: GPM3, 9.7 km at 5.3%

Kolovrat: GPM1, 10.3 km at 9.2%

This climb, a new acquaintance to the Giro d’Italia, culminates at 1,162 metres atop the Kolovrat, a mountain ridge in the easternmost corner of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, on the border with Slovenia.
Across the border, the ascent begins in a small village along the banks of the Isonzo called Kobarid, which is probably best known by its Italian name, Caporetto.
The Caporetto. The scene of the battle that forced the Italian troops to a long retreat to the line of the Piave River in October 1917

Final Kms.

The final climb is approx. 7 km long, with a short downhill stretch after 2.5 km. The sharpest gradients (up to 13%) are found at the foot of the climb, and when the road starts to go up again after the fall. The roadway is wide and well surfaced. The home straight is on tarmac road.

What to Expect.

A very long, tough battle to get into this breakaway, as there are over 70kms to the first climb, but then there is a good chance to go all the way.
The finish is uphill, but since the climb to the line is not very long it remains to be seen if GC riders see it fit to go for the win.
Especially, since the next stage is much more suited for a GC battle. However, by now, in some cases, needs must.

Favourites 19th stage 2022 Giro d’Italia

:*:*:*:*:* Bauke Mollema, Hugh Carthy, Giulio Ciccone
:*:*:*:* Alejandro Valverde, Lucas Hamilton, Mathieu van der Poel, Guillaume Martin
:*:*:* Thomas De Gendt, Lennard Kämna, Mauri Vansevenant, Lorenzo Fortunato
:*:* Gijs Leemreize, Thymen Arensman, Santiago Buitrago, Koen Bouwman
:* Mikel Landa, Jay Hindley, Richard Carapaz, Joe Dombrowski

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