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The profile of the 20th stage

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 24, 2020
Before the final time trial in Milan, Sestriere will be the setting for the last face-to-face explanation of the candidates for the pink jersey. But this 20th stage will ultimately be very different from what was initially planned. If the start in Alba and the finish in Sestriere were well in the plans of the organizers, it was initially a question of a passage in France via the Col Agnel, the Col d’Izoard then, at the exit of Briançon, the passage of the climb to Montgenèvre to return to Italy and tackle the final climb to Sestriere. But, faced with the health situation in France, this hook by the French roads was ruled out and RCS Sport had to set up a plan B which will see the runners turn around the ski resort.

Triple dose of Sestriere for a pink jersey

At the start of Alba, the riders will be entitled to a relatively flat section until Perosa Argentina and passing through Saluzzo, which will host the first intermediate sprint, and Pinerolo. From then on, the peloton will tackle the first ascent towards Sestriere, via Pragelato (31.8km at 4.0%), which will be classified in second category. After a twelve kilometer descent to Cesana Torinese, the riders will climb again towards the ski resort, this time via Sauze di Cesana in a climb classified in first category (6.9km at 7.2%). To conclude this stage, the peloton will have to repeat the same route but, this time, the finish will be well judged at the top of the climb to Sestriere with the pink jersey race which could be clarified before the 15.7km timed scheduled for this Sunday in Milan at the end of the Giro.