Stage 21, the final stage of the 99th Giro d’Italia, Cuneo to Torino (163km). Today’s possible sprinters’ stage will decide the last jersey to be assigned: the Maglia Rossa of the points classification.
The group, 157 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.57.
Cuneo: Rain. Wind: N 13km/h. 19°C
Torino (Finish): Changeable. Wind: N 6-11km/h. 18°C
The route starts in Cuneo, runs through Borgo San Dalmazzo and then heads towards Torino, leaving Cuneo to the south-east. The stage course runs along wide and straight trunk roads across the plain, all the way up to Torino, where a final circuit is to be covered eight times.
The final 7.5km circuit runs almost entirely along the right bank of the Po River. After passing over the finish line, the route runs around the Chiesa della Gran Madre and then tackles the only short climb of the stage (to be ridden eight times), leading to Villa della Regina (750m, with gradients ranging from 4 to 6%, with a short 8% stretch at the summit). Next, a fast-running descent leads into Corso Moncalieri, and then to the other bank of River Po. Here, the route passes under Ponte Balbis, enters Parco del Valentino and runs across the park up to the red flag. In the last 1km, two bends before and after Ponte Umberto I lead into the 600m long home stretch, on an 8m wide asphalt road.