Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia, Foligno to Arezzo (186km), a hilly stage given a special flavour by the beautiful but insidious gravel roads on the climb of Alpe di Poti.
The group, 190 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.27.
Foligno: Variable, 16°C. Wind: moderate – 22kmh.
Arezzo (approx. 17.15 – Finish): Rain, 18°C. Wind: weak – 6kmh.
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
2 – Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) at 26″
3 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 28″
Stage 8 – FOLIGNO – AREZZO – 186km
Finish: Approx. 17.15
This stage combines flat and mountain roads. The route runs up the Tiber River valley, after rolling past Assisi and Perugia, all the way up to Città di Castello. The roads are quite wide, but with worn out surfaces in places, and narrowing when cutting through urban areas. Just past Città di Castello, the route leaves the Tiber River valley to tackle the steep Anghiari ascent first, followed by the Scheggia categorised climb. The stage course rolls along wavy roads, with a few narrower sectors while crossing urban areas, all the way up to Indicatore (intermediate sprint) and Arezzo. Next on the route, after a first pass over the finish line, is the Alpe di Poti climb, featuring 6.4km on dirt roads, and double-digit gradients. After clearing the KOM summit, the road drops quickly into Foce dello Scopetone and straight into the finish.
The final kilometres run entirely within the city. A fast descent down from Scopetone, with wide bends, leads to the stadium. The route then cuts across the city centre, where traffic dividers and roundabouts will be the main obstacles. After the “flamme rouge”, the route takes two right-hand bends on wide roundabouts, and passes under a mediaeval gateway. A short, steep climb (first on asphalt road, and then on stone-slab paving) leads to the home straight (200m), still slightly uphill (approx 5%), on 6m wide stone-slab paving.