A considerably shorter 186kms route from Fiuggi to Campitello Matese awaits the riders on Stage 8 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.
This stage is pretty much the opposite of the past few—it’s very bumpy the entire day. This is going to dictate the success of the break. It seems likely that a small group will be able to get away, but they will inevitably be caught after the second intermediate sprint.
There are also two categorized climbs, starting with the cat-2 Force d’Acero. This climb is 30kms long!! It has an average of 5% gradient.
The true test comes with 16kms to go when the riders climb up the 6.9% Campitello Matese. The final two kms average 8% before a quick, incredibly short downhill. This could well mark the first major GC shakeup.