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Stage 8: Foggia – Guardia Sanframondi 170 km

Saturday, May 15th, 12.40 CEST




Technical Info:
This stage runs across the Apennines for 170 kilometres, from Foggia to an uphill finale in Guardia Sanframondi. The route takes in a further 3,400 metres of climbing. It features one single lengthy climb, and a steep, challenging kick just before the finish.
At first, the route runs along fast and mainly straight roads all the way to Campobasso. The riders then reach the Matese Mountains to negotiate the Bocca della Selva climb (over 20 km), followed by a lengthy descent that ends 10 km before the finish. The route then rises all the way to the finish, with a sharp kick before homing in.



The Climbs:

At 70 km to go, where the road starts pointing up to the first categorized climb of the day.

Bocca della Selva: GPM2, 18.9 km at 4.6%



Final kilometres
The closing climb is approx. 3 km long. The gradient hovers around 10% for the first 2 km, with sharper peaks. The pitch returns to milder gradients in Guardia Sanframondi, and then kicks up again with 400 m to go, after a left-hander. The home straight is on tarmac road and on a slight incline.



What to expect:
A sprint finish is not to be expected in stage 8. On the contrary, a number of intermediate climbs will make it a hard day for the fast men. GC riders have little to gain on the road from Foggia to Guardia Sanframondi. So, stage 8 is perfect for a group of attackers with climbing legs to have it their way.

Favourites 8th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

:*:*:*:*:* Alberto Bettiol, Alessandro De Marchi
:*:*:*:* Thomas De Gendt,  Felix Großschartner, Gianluca Brambilla
:*:*:* Giovanni Visconti, Nicolas Roche, Luis León Sánchez
:*:* Rémi Cavagna, Valerio Conti, , Matteo Fabbro
:* Michael Storer, Jonathan Caicedo, Jefferson Cepeda

Foggia
Foggia lies in the heart of the Apulia Tableland. Shaken by the terrible earthquake in 1731 and the bombings of the Second World War, Foggia has risen from the ashes more than once.



Guardia Sanframondi
In the heart of Samnium, in the Province of Benevento, there is a road that goes up the hill, from the small hamlet of Castelvenere towards Guardia Sanframondi. Guardia Sanframondi is a village of Lombard origin, perched on a hill whose summit is dominated by the Norman Castle built in the 12th century. The village mostly dating back to the 15th century has a medieval urban plan.

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