After a rather quiet first week, if not the climb of Mount Etna, the Giro riders are getting serious with this ninth stage, between San Salvo and Roccaraso, in Abruzzo over 208 kilometers and more than 4000 meters of positive elevation. The peloton will start from the edge of the Adriatic Sea, at the calf of the Italian “boot”, then return to land. The first kilometers will be relatively easy, until the intermediate sprint of Guardiagrele (76th kilometer), then the runners will begin the ascent of Passo Lanciano, classified in first category with slopes of more than 10% (1310m of altitude). After the descent and refueling, they will climb the Passo San Leonardo, classified in second category (1282m above sea level), then the Bosco di Sant’Antonio, also classified in second category (1337m above sea level). A final intermediate sprint was placed fourteen kilometers from the finish, in Rivisondoli, but it is hard to imagine the best sprinters still in the main peloton at that time. Finally, the riders will attack the final climb of Roccaraso, classified in the first category (1658m above sea level). A climb of almost 10 kilometers, with an average gradient of 5.7% and a peak of 12% in the last kilometer.
The favorites will show up
Suffice to say that we should be entitled to a nice explanation between the favorites, and that the pink jersey of Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step) is clearly in danger. Arrival is scheduled between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., with around 20 degrees and clouds at the start, and around 11 ° C and rain on arrival.