San Giovanni, Pesaro and the San Marino chrono, key stages of the week in the Giro

Two of the longest stages of the race and San Marino's demanding time trial are presented as the decisive stages in this first week of the race.

The first week of the Giro d'Italia, which has already left us important differences in the fight for the general after the dispute of the initial time of Bologna, also presents a variety of routes, with several occasions for sprinters and for those who intend to search an ambush before another day marked in red by the men of the general: the chrono of San Marino, with 12 final kilometers pricking upwards. We review below the stages that could be decisive in this first week of race.

Stage 6: Cassino - San Giovanni Rotondo (Thursday 16)

The Giro d'Italia sets course to the south of the country in a day in the longest day of this edition with a distance of 238 kilometers between Cassino and the arrival to San Giovanni Rotondo. The runners will roll through a relatively quiet terrain with numerous steep slopes before reaching the last 30 kilometers, where the climb to Coppa Casarinelle, second category with its 15 kilometers at 4.4%, could make a favorite prove it. A 6% climb before the finish will be the last difficulty before the arrival.

Stage 8: Tortoreto Lido - Pesaro (Saturday, May 18)

The peloton will return to the north of Italy in the longest stage of this edition with a route of 239 kilometers between Tortoreto Lido and the arrival in Pesaro. The peloton will roll during most of the stage along the Adriatic coast before entering the last 80 kilometers, where riders must climb Monte della Mattera (3rd category), Monteluro (4th category) and Monte Gabice (4th) ). The climb to the slope of Monte San Bartolo will take the cyclists to a fast descent towards the Pesaro finish.

Stage 9: Riccione - San Marino (Sunday 19 July)

The first week of the race will conclude with a decisive day for the general with the 34.8-kilometer individual time trial between Riccione and San Marino. The cyclists will move away from the coast in a terrain with relatively flat 20 kilometers ideal for the riders, which possibly mark the best intermediate times. The route changes drastically after passing through Faetano, where the road will begin to bite upwards in the final 12 kilometers with 5 first kilometers at 6% on average and ramps up to 11%, a more bearable stretch of 5 kilometers and two final kilometers at 6.4% and ramps that reach 10% .

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