5.5% comes before the halfway point and should encourage a breakaway. But it's in the final 70km that the GC contenders will start to turn on the turbos. The Passo Duran (12.2km at 8.1%) is followed quickly by the Forcella Staulanza (12.3km at 6.9%). But anyone hoping for a rest will be disappointed as the Passo Giau is up next, starting with parts that reach a gradient of 14%. To make things even more interesting, the stage finishes with a tricky 17km descent to the line, which could allow a good bike handler to recuperate time lost on the climb or even escape to victory.
de Joux is followed by the equally steep 27km drag up to the summit at Cervinia. This stage is more like one from the Tour de France than the more typical short, sharp, and punishing Giro peaks.
The first foray into the Dolomites presents four leg breaking passes that should shed all but the real cream of the crop. It's is the first of three mountain stages over four days. The Passo Valparola, a 14.1km climb Nike Running Bottoms Mens
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Stage 20: May 26, Caldes/Val di Sole Passo dello Stelvio 219 km
The second longest stage of the race is also the first real opportunity to shake up the field. Although not the high mountains, this is a long day of rolling hills, capped by the category two climb Colle Molella. It features 9.9km with an average gradient of 5.7% but the second half is much tougher than the first with a gradient of 12% in places. While not tough enough to be decisive in the overall standings, this will give riders a chance to score a psychological blow on their rivals, while showing viewers who has the legs and who hasn't.
With a posse of tough mountain stages right before the final stage it is possible the Giro could already be decided. But with a 30 km time trial to come there is every possibility that someone who is good against the clock could make up anything from one to two minutes in Milan. The centenary Giro in 2009 ended in Rome with a dramatic time trial. Denis Menchov came into it with a 20 second lead over Danilo De Luca and managed to hold onto the pink jersey despite crashing on the course.
The first serious high mountain stage should produce fireworks at the finish. That's because the majority of the stage is flat until the final 70km, which include two brutal climbs. Anyone having a bad day on those two long climbs can expect to lose serious time. The 22km (5.6%) Col Nike Sports Bra For Kids
Stage 17: May 23, Falzes Cortina d'Ampezzo 186 km
The penultimate stage is Nike Short Pants Mens the final and perhaps toughest mountain test of the Giro and will end in a spectacular crescendo. The final Passo dello Stelvio will become the highest ever summit finish at a Grand Tour at 2,757m and, of course, the Cima Coppi for this year's race, denoting the highest point of the tour. But make no mistake, the riders will already have legs screaming for mercy having gone over the Tonale, Aprica, Teglio, and Mortirolo before they tackle the final ascent. With 22.4km and 12% slopes, this could be make or break for the contenders hoping to reach Milan still with a chance of victory.
Stage 21: May 27, Milan time trial 30 km
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