Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport, and running from 11 May to 2 June. 185km from Vasto to L’Aquila, it’s a hilly short stage. At L’Aquila, the Giro will commemorate 10 years passing since the terrible earthquake that devastated the city and its surroundings in 2009.
The peloton, 167 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12:36.
Vasto (12:30 – start): Sunny, 17°C. Wind: weak SE – 7km/h.
L’Aquila (17:15 – finish): Cloudy, 16°C. Wind: weak S – 6km/h.
On yesterday’s stage Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) was first to pass the special line (26km before the finish) dedicated to Milano Cortina’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. Today the rider received a special jersey featuring the Milano Cortina 2026 logo, as presented to him by Giro d’Italia Director, Mauro Vegni.
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 13 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 57 points are available for the points classification (670 remaining), and 18 points for the King of the Mountains competition (640 remaining).
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Pascal Ackermann (Bora – Hansgrohe)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Giulio Ciccone (Trek – Segafredo)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani CSF)
1 – Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)
2 – Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani CSF) at 1’41”
3 – Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) at 2’09”
Stage 7 – Vasto-L’Aquila 185km – total elevation 2,400m
With a hilly profile, this stage starts its route beside the sea, all the way to Ortona, and then follows the constant undulations of the hinterland, taking in climbs up Ripa Teatina and Chieti). The only categorised climb is Svolte di Popoli, before the plateau leading to L’Aquila. After the GPM, straight roads with a mild incline will lead all the way to L’Aquila, crossing the areas affected by the April 2009 earthquake.
With 9km remaining, the riders leave the ss 17 and tackle the Via della Polveriera climb, with gradients around 5-6%, topping out at 9%. The route heads down towards the castle, twisting and winding its way through the city until the final descent (partly within the center), which ends with a sharp right-hand turn 2km from the finish. With 1,500m to go, the road heads up again. The final kilometre has a gradient of around 7%, peaking at 11% a few hundred metres before the home straight (450m, 7% uphill gradient). The finish line sits on a 7m wide asphalt road.
Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia International TV Schedule available here.