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Giro 2020 - Stage 9: San Salvo – Roccaraso 208 km
« on: October 10, 2020, 18:06 »
Stage 9: San Salvo – Roccaraso 208 km

The second Sunday of the race offers an interesting medium mountain stage with uphill finish in Roccaraso. The altitude gain adds up to more than 4,000 metres. It's actually a bonus mountain stage as it was added when the route had to be rearranged.
From the town of San Salvo, on the Adriatic coast, the peloton will head inland towards the Appennines.



After about 40 kilometres the pink caravan heads inland. Following a warm-up climb to Guardiagrele the riders face a string of huge mountains: Passo Lanciano, Passo San Leonardo and Bosco di Sant’Antonio. After this brutal trio there are 27 kilometres left to race. The first part travels on an undulating plateau before that road starts to go up again.



The first notable point of the race is the intermediate sprint in Guardiagrele which is on top of a small climb of around 7 km at 4-5%. After it the riders will move along the side of the Maiella massif, and then climb the first GPM of the day, Passo Lanciano (GPM1, 12.7 km at 6.9%). This is possibly its easiest side, but even so it’s a pretty hard climb. For reference, Passo Lanciano is also called Blockhaus.





Once the peloton reaches the bottom, they will start climbing immediately once again, all the way up to the Passo San Leonardo (GPM2, 13.8 km 4.5%)



Another descent (very easy) will bring everyone to the following climb, Bosco di S.Antonio (GPM2, 9.9 km at 5%), a very regular climb that tops at 27 km to go.



The finish climb is almost 10 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 5.7%. That statistic is misleading though, as the ascent evens out in sections. The final km is a more brutal 10.6%.



The finish lies at an elevation of 1,658 metres, which is almost 100 metres higher than the 2016 finish. Back then, Tim Wellens soloed to victory near the Roccaraso refugio.
Two intermediate sprints – at kilometre 75.6 and kilometre 194.0

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    most climbs don't look too tough, but in totat that's still a lot of climbing. Fortunately this comes right before the rest day, usually leading to more aggressive racing :)
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    Fortunately this comes right before the rest day, usually leading to more aggressive racing :)

    Right before and after the rest days. ;)
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    there's an interview with local boy #trek Giulio Ciccone in Gazzetta today. He says it's the hardest stages so far, and with the rest day to come, he expects action on from the Passo Lanciano. Also Fuglsang said it's the first real GC day.
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    The weather looks to be a bit on the mucky side.

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