The day after a rest day is always tricky for the riders. It’s a test of how well they used their “day off” to recover while maintaining form. For injured or ill riders, particular race leader Alberto Contador or Movistar’s Rigoberto Uran, the rest day was probably a very welcome sight indeed. Nonetheless, time to continue on in the race!
Stage 10 will lead the riders 199kms from Civitanova Marche to Forli and should be a sprint victory. The feedzone comes at 91kms with the only categorized climb of the day, the cat-4 Monte Di Bartolo, about 10kms thereafter. By this point, the day’s break away should be fairly well-established.
The second half of the course, however, is interesting in that the two intermediate sprints occur so close to one another AND so close to the end of the race—one at 159.4kms and one at 178.8kms.
My guess? The riders will start gearing up for the first of the intermediate sprints, the break will start a game of cat and mouse around the second, and the trains of the sprinters will line things up for a “catch” and “set up” finale.