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Giro 2020 - Stage 6: Castrovillari – Matera 188 km
« on: October 07, 2020, 17:47 »
Stage 6: Castrovillari – Matera 188 km

At 188 kilometres, the 6th stage of the Giro d'Italia is a lumpy race from Castrovillari to Matera. It's a medium mountain stage that has an an interesting finale.

Most climbing is clustered in the first half of the race. Almost from the gun in Castrovillari the route goes uphill, climbing towards the first (uncategorized) climb of the day, measuring around 11 km at 4.5%, which is likely to serve as a launch pad for the breakaway. As the gradients are relatively shallow, all types of riders could be in the mix.

After 20 kilometres the riders reach the highest point before a long descent leads onto the next climb. The length is approximately 13 kilometres and the gradients are – again – doable at around 4%. Another descent leads onto a flat intermediate phase.
The steepest climb of the day appears with roughly 30 kilometres remaining. The Millotta is categorised GPM3, 4.7km at 6.8%.

It tops at 26 km to go, 8 km of which are a descent. At the bottom there are only 7 km of flat before the road starts ascending again towards the finishing town of Matera. The 2013 Giro d’Italia serves a finish in Matera after a flat stages. John Degenkolb took the spoils in a crash marked sprint finale.

Until 4 km to go the slopes will be very gentle. Then, after a short descending false flat there will be a 750m ramp at 6.3%, which ends at 2 km to go. From there on it’s only false flat.

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    so it's not using the same roads as in 2013 (apart from the final 200m), but a fairly similar profile. The final k is even more twisty though, and the climbs before harder, which should increase the chance of a successful late attack.
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