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Stage 8: Napoli – Napoli 153 km
Saturday, May 14th, 12:35 BST

This challenging and intense stage, raced entirely on urban roads, sets off passing over the finish line. Past Bacoli, the riders will cover the Monte di Procida circuit (19 km) four times. The lumpy route adds up to 149 kilometres. Italy's third largest city hasn't seen the Giro visit since the Grande Partenza of 2013. Then, the 1st stage was a criterium race and Mark Cavendish turned out on top.
This years stage is also a city criterium, only much hillier.

The riders will start in the city, then head west along a wide counterclockwise loop.

The route climbs up the Posillipo hill, heading to Bacoli and taking a loop along the coast. After approximately 50 kilometres, they reach the circuit in Monte di Procida, which is to be repeated 4 times. The circuit is 19 km long and features a categorized climb, Monte di Procida (GPM4, 2.1 km at 6%)

Final kms
The stage gets back to Napoli using the most of the same roads as before, consisting of some rough terrain and a small climb topping at 8 km to go
The last 3 pan-flat kilometres run eastwards along the Via Dohrn and Via Caracciolo. At the last km, the route takes a U‑turn at a roundabout, and returns along the Via Caracciolo all the way to the finish. The home straight (900 m) is on tarmac.

What to Expect.
The Naples stage at this Giro includes a series of short and sharp hills. Which makes it perfect for riders with good credentials in the hilly Classics. There will be very little to be gained for GC riders, so the breakaway will likely be given enough leash to succeed.

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