After the second day of rest on Monday, the home straight of the Giro begins on Tuesday, with a very difficult 16th stage.
There are only six stages left on the Giro, but it is during this last week that everything will be decided! It is the French Bruno Armirail who will leave with the pink jersey on his shoulders on Tuesday at Sabbio Chiese for the 16th stage, but there is little chance that he will remain the leader on the evening of this 16th stage. After the rest day, the organizers have concocted a stage with five stars of difficulty (out of five), which will be 203 kilometers long, up to Monte Bondone. At 11:05 a.m., the 132 survivors will leave the small Lombard town of 3,800 inhabitants, at an altitude of 252m. Direction Trentino the summits! After 60 kilometers of completely flat warm-ups, along Lake Garda with around thirty tunnels, the peloton will begin the ascent of the Passo di Santa Barbara, classified in the 1st category (12.7km at 8.3% of average and a peak at 14%), then descend for three kilometers before climbing again, towards the Passo Bordala (3rd category, 4.5 km at 6.7% average and a peak at 12%). There will then still be 120 kilometers left.
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🏁 Sand Churches > Monte Bondone: 198km
We attack this third week of the Giro with a great stage.
The breakaways will have a chance if the favorites remain cautious while waiting for the weekend.
The long Monte Bondone is still scary… pic.twitter.com/CVuUMzr5Eh
— Renaud Breban (@RenaudB31) May 22, 2023
21 kilometers of ascent to finish
After the intermediate sprint in Rovereto, the third summit of the day, classified in the second category, will stand in front of the runners: the Matassonne (2nd category, 11.4km at 5.6% average). Thirty-five kilometers later, the ascent of the Serrada (second category, 17.5km at 5.6% average) will be on the menu, then the peloton will be entitled to a steep descent and a few flat kilometers with the second sprint intermediary located in Aldeno. It will then be time to tackle the final ascent, Monte Bondone, classified in the first category and 21.4km long (6.7% on average with a peak of 15%). With all these passes on the menu, the Giro 2023 is likely to settle this Tuesday. Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic and Joao Almeida, who stand in 22 seconds, will they do battle?