10:47 am – That fantastic 2013 (and 2007) on the three peaks of Lavaredo
The last time the Giro reached this finish was in 2013 and it was snowing. An Italian in a pink jersey, Vincenzo Nibali, a Sicilian from Messina, in gloves and tights, accomplished the feat and the day after in Brescia officially won his first Giro d’Italia. Today’s stage, however, is more reminiscent of that of 2007 and even in that case an Italian, Riccardo Riccò, won with a powerful action on the Giau.
10:32 am – How was yesterday
Yesterday in Val di Zoldo the real surprise was Filippo Zana, the Italian champion who shook off Frenchman Thibaut Pinot after a long breakaway in the sprint.
It is now a battle between three parties for the pink jersey. This is the overall ranking:
1) Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)
2) Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +29”
3) João Almedia (UAE Team Emirates) +39”
4) Eddie Dunbar (Jayco AlUla) +3’39”
5) Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) +3’51”
Who is Filippo Zana, the new Italian cycling hope
09:34 – The Everest of the Giro d’Italia. Starts at 11.50 am
Departure from Longarone is at 11:50 AM. In the grand finale of this Giro d’Italia n. 106, including tomorrow’s timed ascent of Lussari, the climb exceeds 10,000 vertical meters: more than a thousand more than Everest.
08h45 – Refuge Campolongo, Valparola, Giau, Tre Croci and Auronzo
Dolomite stage par excellence with five climbs in a row without breaks of 183 km. After the departure and ascent of the Cordevole valley (through Belluno, Agordo and Alleghe), the passes of Campolongo, Valparola, Giau and Tre Croci are climbed for the final ascent to the Auronzo hut. The streets are all in excellent condition, quite wide, and have a few well-lit tunnels in the first part. You will face climbs characterized by numerous hairpin bends and moderately fast and demanding descents. The final climb is very tough: the first 1.5 km with gradients of up to 18%, a slight slope to Lake Antorno and a fast descent up to 4 km from the finish (over the toll gate at the end of the descent: bottleneck). Last 4 km around 12% with maximum peaks of 18% in the final. Finish line on a 400 m straight asphalt road 7 m wide with a slope of 12.5%.
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