This Saturday, after a short passage through Switzerland since Friday, the Giro will return to Italian roads during the 14th stage between Sierre and Cassano Magnano (193 km).
If the climbers were in the spotlight on Friday, the sprinters should be able to shine again this Saturday. Indeed, after a 13th stage which finally took place exclusively in the mountains in Switzerland, between Le Châble and Crans-Montana, the profile of the 14th stage of this 106th edition of the Giro will be much more hilly and will allow the peloton to return to Italy. Indeed, if the start will be given from Sierre, a town located in the canton of Valais, the finish is scheduled for Cassano Magnano, after 193 kilometers of effort. But, to hope to win in Lombardy this Saturday, it will first be necessary not to lose too many feathers during the main difficulty of the day. Because, in the Rhône valley, the Simplon pass (21 km at 6.4%), located after 55 kilometers of racing, could do damage and a first sorting among the candidates for victory.
🚴♂️ Stage 1️⃣4️⃣ | Tappa 1️⃣4️⃣
⭐️⭐️ Sierre (Valais) – Cassano Magnago
📏 196 km
🎢 GPM: 1a cat. x1
⏰ Start | Departure: 12.05 PM
🏁 Arrival | Arrival: ~4.30 PM
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A fatal escape for sprinters?
Subsequently, after a descent which marks the return of this Giro to Italy, the route will be relatively flat on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Two intermediate sprints will then be on the program, in Villadossola then in Stresa, which could move the teams aiming for the cyclamen jersey of best sprinter this year, which is currently on the shoulders of the young Italian Jonathan Millan (Bahrain Victorious). However, while the peloton has not been spared in recent days by the weather conditions, a breakaway could well go to the end, if it manages to distance itself in the ascent of the Simplon Pass. However, in this little game, the Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-EasyPost) could have the profile to shine during this 14th stage of the Tour of Italy… It remains to be seen who will have the legs to give it a shot. . One thing is certain: it looks undecided this Saturday.