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Stage 9: Castel di Sangro – Campo Felice 158 km

Sunday, May 16th, 12.15 CEST

This will be the queen stage across the Apennines of Abruzzo. From the start until Celano, the route takes in a succession of long climbs on moderately wide roads, followed by sometimes technical descents. Past Ovindoli (categorised climb), the route enters the Piana delle Rocche and becomes somewhat easier, up to Rocca di Cambio. Here, the course makes for Campo Felice, taking in the closing climb.

There are several ascents, including 4 categorised climbs, Passo Godi (GPM2, 13.9 km at 4.1%),

Forca Caruso (GPM3, 12.7 km at 4.5%),

Ovindoli (GPM2, 12.4 km at 5.1%)

and Campo Felice (GPM1, 6 km at 6%) .

There is also a further climb of 11'5km at a 5% average that has not be catagorised. All in all, the route takes in 3,400 vertical metres, while the finale at Campo Felice is extremely steep and unpaved in the last kilometres.

Final kilometres
The final climb is nearly 6 km long, and the gradients are not very sharp. After a long, well-lit tunnel stretching from 3 to 2 km remaining to the finish, the final 1,600 metres, as well as the home straight, are on unpaved roads, with peaks topping out at 14% over the last 500 m.

What to expect:
A GC clash of sorts is on the cards, but it is quite likely that the winner of this battle will not be rewarded with a stage win. Although being far from flat, the route is not extremely challenging until the last ascent, which is perfect terrain for a strong breakaway to gain a comfortable lead. So, expect a scenario whereby there are separate attacks from within two groups, with the winner is likely to emerge from the breakaway.

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Castel di Sangro
Castel di Sangro is a centre of great summer and winter tourist activities. Known for the wealth of its sports facilities, the city hosts sporting events for amateurs and professionals.
The great out-of-town attraction of Castel di Sangro is the Abruzzo trans-Siberian, a fascinating experience, panoramic and at low speed, aboard a vintage train with restored carriages dating back to the early twentieth century.

Campo Felice (Rocca di Cambio)
Rocca di Cambio on the ridge at the foot of Montecagnois is the highest town in Abruzzo. The Rocche plateau between the Velino and Sirente massif and has an elevation of 1433 m. The area is encompassed within the only regional park in Abruzzo. Up to 50 years ago Rocca di Cambio lived on menager agriculture, on small sheep and cattle farms. Only from the beginning of the fifties, in the local economy, the first signs of a positive change were from the Municipality since 1951 for the revaluation of the historic center, to the road system, to the hotel sector and to tourism development.

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