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Giro 2020 - Stage 20: Alba – Sestriere 190kms
« on: October 23, 2020, 21:12 »
Stage 20: Alba – Sestriere 190kms

The penultimate stage of the Giro is the last uphill test. The route adds up to 190 kilometres and the riders crest the climb to Sestriere three times in the last 50 kilometres.

The new stage 20 will feature roughly 3500m in vertical elevation". From Alba the route goes to Pinerolo across the plain through medium-wide and straight roads. The first 110 kilometres of the route are virtually flat before the route starts to climb at very shallow gradients for tens of kilometres. A false flat that changes gradually into an ascent of 9.2 kilometres at 5.4% before the riders move through Sestriere for the first passage through Sestriere (the riders will not pass over the finish line).

This is my best guess to the profile of the Sestriere climb from the east (9.2km at 5.4 per cent being the final categorised part)

The race continues with two identical laps on a circuit around the ski resort. Firstly, the route descends into Cesana Torinese before returning to Sestriere on different roads. The first part is a false flat and shortly after Rollieres the gradients increase. But in comparison to the original 20th stage it is really nothing. The second (and third) climb to Sestriere is 11.4 kilometres long and the average gradients sits at 5.9%.

These ascents are the final chance for those still in contention for the GC to attack but it is questionable as to how much time can be gained with these gradients and no Agnello or Izoard in the legs.

The last time that the Giro finished in Sestriere was in 2015. Fabio Aru soloed to victory ahead of Ryder Hesjedal and Rigoberto Uran.
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