Monday, July 24, 2017

The 147kms of Stage 13, running from Montecchio Maggiore to Jesolo, will probably be a welcome easy stage until the last few kms.  Why? They don’t make them much flatter than this!  Aside from the two intermediate sprints—at Santa Mria Di Sala and Mestre—the riders can look forward to a more “traditional” sprint finish. 

These stages can be tricky, however, depending on weather, winds, and the fatigue or inattentiveness of others.  Therefore, the riders still need to remain sharp.  But, with the ITT looming, most will be content to ride safely in the pack and preserve some of their energy.  

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