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Stage 16: Udine – S.Daniele del Friuli 229 km

The decisive final week of the Giro d'Italia starts with a bang. The Giro serves another race at over 200 kilometres on the 16th stage. The riders travel from Udine to San Daniele del Friuli on a hilly route of 229 kilometres. As a prelude to the Alps stage 15 serves a finishing circuit with three times the Monte di Ragogna.



From the city of Udine the riders will have only 19 km of flat before starting the first climb of the day. The first 100 kilometres are played out to the east of Udine. The riders crisscross the areas close to the Slovenian border.



Madonnina del Domm (GPM2, 10.8 km at 7.1%), with almost 8 km at 8.8% before an easier final stretch, will definitely cause a great fight for the break of the day, both uphill and downhill, as the descent is very technical.



The riders will then reach the town of Cividale, from which the road will stay mostly flat for 25 km. The second GPM of the day is Monte Spig (GPM3, 6.4 km at 7%).



The easier descent brings the riders back to Cividale del Friuli, that features the first intermediate sprint. From there, 30 km of flat more before the third climb, Monteaperta (GPM3, 3.7 km at 7.4%).



From its descent the peloton will head towards the final, tricky circuit, that is to be repeated three times. Each lap is 27 kilometres long. It features two more uphill kicks. The first one appears 5 kilometres into each lap. The 500 metres ascent to Castello di Susans goes up with a maximum incline of 14%, while the Monte di Ragogna is 2.8 kilometres long and the average gradients sits at 10.4%. The last time over this Wall comes at 13 kilometres to go.



On rolling roads the route continues to the finale uphill kicker in the ultimate kilometre. The first 500 metres are steep – 18% max. – before the last 500 metres continue false flat to the line.




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    back in May, #ccc Alessandro de Marchi has done a video preview of his home stage. It's available on his Instagram now:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CGgyb2zKkHB/
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    tomorrow's circuit is also exactly the same as the one used for stage 4 of the 2019 Giro del Friuli. I couldn't find much coverage, but this video includes some pictures from the uphill sprint at least:



    (the finish must be at ~100m to go or so, they don't do those two corners tomorrow)

    Mattia Bais and Einer Rubio came a bit short that day, but they may try to do better tomorrow, I guess. Especially #androni Bais should be very motivated, as he has been with #friuli Cycling Team Friuli for years
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    If you're good at short climbs and perhaps not so good on the longest ones and don't really need to care about the long run effect of a hard day's effort, because you basically already won your own Giro, how about attacking, #pink #quickstep Joãozinho?

    (Actually this is a monster stage without monster climbs....its almost 230 km. Can you make your monumental endurance count, #trek Nibali , #astana Fuglsang?)


    Second thought, wasn't #ntt Pozzovivo really good (but caught by technical accident) on the previous short-steep-climb stage?
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