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I also don’t quite get the category 1 assignment for the final climb. It is less than 200m vertical, that is usually not even categorized on Giro mountain stages (cat. 2 in the tour :P)
Of course there’s the unpaved nature of it which could be challenging for road racing equipment (tires for climbers, weight saving vs puncture resistance).
It is a typical day where one of the big riders drop from gc contention due to mostly bad luck, but also, equipment selection and priorities. Someone like Richie Porte or Geraint Thomas. #ineos Bernal, are you ready for this?

Support vehicles will usually not be easily available at this point in the race, we may see some big teams with “zone-hoppers” (except there aren’t really any zones) like in the classics, offering wheels for replacement along the roadside, if that is permitted so close to the finish line.

Light climbers are less favored on steep unpaved roads as traction becomes a challenge. #jumbo Tobias Foss seems to be a few percentage points down on the performance scale, as far as pure climbing is discussed. (He isn’t able to keep up with accelerations on the last few kilometers). However, he is quite familiar with gravel roads, and traction may be less of a problem for him.
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