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Stage 10: L’Aquila – Foligno 139 km

Monday, May 17th, 13.40 CEST

Technical Info:
The shortest stage of this edition, rolling stage with a pan-flat finale. The route first takes in climbs up to Sella di Corno and Forca di Arrone, and then tackles one last ascent up to Valico della Somma (awarding KOM points). The route eventually levels out in the final part, running on broad and mostly straight roads. As the stage passes through several urban areas, roundabouts, traffic islands and street furniture will be found along the route.

Final kilometres
The final kilometres are quite straight, up to 2,000 m to the finish. Here the route features a right-hand bend, immediately followed by two left-hand bends that lead to the home stretch (at 1,300 m out), with just a slight half-turn 500 m before the finish line, on tarmac road.

The shortest stage of this edition.

The Climbs:
Valico della Somma: GPM4, 6.7 km at 5%

What to expect:
The 2014 Giro d’Italia saw virtually the same stage, but with an extension in the first part. Back then, Nacer Bouhanni outsprinted Giacomo Nizzolo and Luka Mezgec in the streets of Foligno. With few opportunities in the race, expect the sprinters to have this one marked down on their dance cards.

Favourites 10th stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

:*:*:*:*:* Elia Viviani, Tim Merlier
:*:*:*:* Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen, Giacomo Nizzolo
:*:*:* Peter Sagan, Matteo Moschetti, Davide Cimolai
:*:* Max Kanter, Filippo Fiorelli
:* Riccardo Minali, Lawrence Naesen

L’Aquila (means the eagle) is the capital city of Abruzzo region, placed at 714 m of altitude. The city is situated on a hillside in the Aterno river’s valley and it is surrounded by the Appenini mountains, with the highest peak Gran Sasso d’Italia (2.912 m) to the North-east.

Lying halfway between the more renowned Perugia and Assisi, the city is an excellent destination.
Located along the Via Flaminia – one of the main roads leading to Rome – the ancient Fulginium, currently Foligno has a rich history and culture, along with plenty of culinary traditions. It sure deserves a visit to please your eyes, clear your mind and treat your taste buds.

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