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Stage 7: Diamante – Potenza 196 km
Friday, May 13th, 10:40 BST

Friday the 13th...............and potentially a date with a stage that could do real damage to an individual's GC hopes.
Although classed as a medium mountain stage, travels from Diamante to Potenza and takes in a whopping elevation gain of 4,510 metres. Montagna Grande di Viggiano, although categorised as a two, is a very tough climb, always very steep and with many two-digits ramps.

Heading North, the only flat kilometres are the first 40. This section leads along the Golfo di Policastro and once the route turns inland the road goes either up or down for the rest of the day. Past Maratea, the route undulates continuously, with milder or harsher gradients. Even after the finish of the official climbs, the route, continues to undulate all the way to Potenza.

Technical Info.
The Climbs:

Passo Colla: GPM3, 9.3 km at 4.5%

Monte Sirino: GPM1, 24.4 km at 3.8%
Not seen in the Giro since 1999, from this side is long and very irregular.

Montagna Grande di Viggiano: GPM2, 6.6 km at 9.1%
Were this climb in the Tour, it would be considered a hard GPM1.

La Sellata: GPM3, 7.8 km at 5.9%
In it's own, nothing special, but after all that climbing, it could be hard enough for a GC hopeful to launch a serious attack.

Final kms.
The final kilometres are raced entirely on urban roads. The route runs uphill across the inner city, with sharp gradients at points, and then descends along wide and well-paved avenues. There is a short tunnel at the ‑2 km marker, leading into the finish avenue. The last 350 m have an average 8% gradient, topping out at 13%. The finish sits on tarmac.

What to expect:
Tough to call. Probably some very good climbers will try to make it into the break, in order to start their campaign for the Maglia Azzurra, but any contender who has already lost time, might also what to get up the road, as this stage might go to the breakaway........or not.

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