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 Stage 11: Porto S.Elpidio – Rimini 182 km

The only real chance for a bunch sprint of the second week. The first 105 km of this stage are pan flat along the Adriatic coast, from the starting town of Porto S.Elpidio.
Porto Sant’Elpidio played a role in the 2012 Giro d’Italia. The 6th stage finished in the coastal town, while breakaway rider Miguel Rubiano took the spoils. More recently, Porto Sant’Elpidio hosted stage finishes on the Tirreno-Adriatico. In 2014, Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory and in 2015 Peter Sagan took the spoils at the end of a rain-soaked race.
No finish this time, but the race kicks into gear in Porto Sant’Elpidio to follow the coastline all the way to Rimini.

Monte S.Bartolo (GPM4, 3.9 km at 4.1%) will provide the only categorised climb of the day. After it, the route goes inland for a section of rolling terrain, including the second intermediate sprint of Coriano, before heading back to the coast, finishing in Rimini.

The last km are, as often found at the Giro, quite tricky, featuring a series of turns.
Forming trains won’t be easy and the potential for a disaster never far away, but the bunch sprint should be unavoidable.

The two intermediate sprints are at kilometre 111.3 and kilometre 144.1.

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    For the books....
    #groupama Arnaud Demare is one of the best sprinters in 2020, and the others are #lotto Caleb Ewan and #quickstep Sam Bennett.
    #quickstep Fabio Jakoben and #jumbo Dylan Groenewegen have been missing in action after their horrible crash early this year, where one ended up physically damaged and the other one seems to be struggling with the psychological issues after having been blamed for the incident.

    Except for Ewan vs Bennett in the TdF (advantage Bennett) and that fatal crash they haven't been competeing much head-to-head in important races. #groupama seems to have a thing with selecting either Demare or Pinot for the captain job in the TdF, and whoever they choose will then at some point fade to tragedy. This year Demare started to shine justas Pinot faded, and would probably have made a better result for the team in the TdF. But would he do well against Ewan and Bennett?

    Third Giro stage this year.

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    oh wow, I hadn't noticed the enormous amount of Italians in the top 15 before ;)
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    oh wow, I hadn't noticed the enormous amount of Italians in the top 15 before ;)
    It's the Giro:
    Foreigners who aren't in with a chance to win a sprint stage will be happy to just roll in and not lose time.
    But the Italians will fight tooth and nail for an 8th or 11th place! :)
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