At least Stage 20 is shorter than the previous stage at “just” 199kms.  Sadly, this doesn’t make it any easier.  Traveling from Saint Vincent to Sestriere, the riders will face 2 categorized climbs.

 

 

Once again, rolling terrain should help a break form, and this one should be able to stay way a little longer.  The first intermediate sprint occurs in Venaria Reale about 95kms into the stage.  The second one falls at Susa, just before the ascent of the first climb of the day….the Colle Delle Finestre.  This climb is the Cima Coppi, meaning it’s the highest point in this year’s Giro. However, it’s important the riders not lose their focus as even when they’ve finished this climb, there’s still the Cat 3 Sestriere via Latea still to tackle. With an average gradient of 5.4%, maxing at 9%, the climb is anything but easy.

In short, this penultimate day of the Giro is every bit as daunting as the rest of this race has been.