Stage 7 in the 2019 Giro d’Italia is set to start tomorrow in Vasto and will finish in L’Aquila.
Date: 17th May 2019
Stage length: 185 kilometres
Expected start and end time: 12:40 – 17:11 (CET)
Stage 7 Route: Vasto – L’Aquila
The main characteristic for stage 7 in the Giro d’Italia is hilly with the route starting just beside the sea and will keep on going all the way to Ortona. However, racers will be prepared for both hilly and flat roads when crossing Abruzzo to finish the stage.
The highest areas of the Apennines the racers will go through are located in the massive of Gran Sasso and Majella.
However, overall, the route won’t go very high though with the highest point being at an elevation of just 890 metres. The starting point of the race will be in Vasto which lies on a plateau above the sandy beaches of the Adriatic Coast. Two years ago the Giro moved through Vasto on its way to the Passo Lanciano, or Blockhaus. This time the riders face a flat opening and an undulating section to reach the toughest climb of the day in Popoli – after around 130 kilometres in the saddle.
Le Svolte di Popoli climbs 7.5 kilometres at an average gradient of 6.6%. Once the racers are there, 42 kilometres remain and one would think the route will take a descent, but that’s not the case. In fact, the route then continues false flat for the following 20 kilometres which then leads to a downhill. This is where many are expecting a promising finale in the streets of L’Aquila.
The, 8.5 km from the end, the riders will have to deal with quite a forceful climb on the Via Poveriera. A rolling section and a flying descent take them to the final ramp that already hosted the finish in 2005 and in 2010. The last kilometre slopes at 7.6% and peaks at 11%. The winner succeeds Danilo de Luca and Evgeni Petrov.
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