Giro d’Italia Stage 17: PREVIEW

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The 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia travels from Commezzadura in the Val di Sole to Anterselva

Date: 29th May 2019

Stage Length: 181 km

Stage Start: 12:20

Stage 16 Winner

Stage 17 Route: Commezzadura – Anterselva

Stage 17
Stage 17

Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia is the calm before the storm. At 155 kilometres, the route travels from Riva del Garda to Iseo. A few climbs straight after the start and in the middle section, so attackers will be eyeing up this one. The GC guys are likely to hold their powder dry for the Alps.

The route starts downhill to the Val di Non, and takes an unprecedented climb to Passo della Mendola from the Fondo side (with steeper gradients). The course drops down into Bolzano and then climbs up the Eisack Valley, all the way to Bressanone. The riders will take in a succession of climbs and descents, with categorised summits in Elvas and Terento, leading to the foot of the final climb in Anterselva/Antholz.

last km stage 17

The final climb is very demanding, as the road slopes at an average 8.5% gradient from 5.5 km to the finish until the red flag. After a short ascent, the route reaches the cross-country skiing track at the Biathlon stadium, then drops for 100 metres through the tunnel that passes under the road, to finally enter the stadium. The home straight (110 m) is on 6.5 m wide tarmac, after the shooting range.

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