The stage of the Giro day: a marathon of ups and downs

A continuous up and down of 229 kilometers, with several traps in the final circuit, will become a tough test for the start of the third week.

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The 16th stage of the Giro, which takes place today between Udine and San Daniele del Friuli, of 229 kilometers, is the second longest of this edition, a day with abundant ups and downs that will be a serious punishment for the riders. The first 150 km to the entrance of the San Daniele del Friuli circuit have a sequence of slides with three heights. The first, the Madonnina del Domm (2nd, 10.8 km at 7.1% average slope), is the longest and steepest. The next one, Mount Spig (3rd), is 2.8 km at 10%, a short but explosive difficulty and is followed by Cota de Monteaperta (3rd), 3.3 km at 7.6% .

The Monte di Ragogna (2.8 km at 10.4% on average and 16 maximum) will be climbed twice more in the two laps of the circuit. It is followed by a short and demanding descent and the approach to the finish through undulating roads. 3 km from the finish line you enter the inhabited area of San Daniele to face some steep slopes that lead to the last km and the wall of Vía Sottomonte, with a terrible 20% slope, followed by a very short descent to reach the end 200 meters at 10%. The Portuguese Joao Almeida will defend the pink jersey one more day, this time with an advantage of 15 seconds over the Dutch Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) and 2:56 minutes over the Australian Jai Hindley (also of the Sunweb). Pello Bilbao (Bahrain) is fifth, at 3: 10.



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