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27 May 2016

From Pinerolo to Risoul 162 km. The Cima Coppi awaits.

Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, Pinerolo to Risoul (162km), featuring the long-awaited Colle dell’Agnello, this year’s highest pass at 2744m, and the uphill finish at Risoul in France.

The group, 160 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.42. Did not start: dossard nr 26, Ciccone.

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Pinerolo: Cloudy. Wind: E 6km/h. 21-22°C
Risoul (Finish): Cloudy. Wind: SW 18-22km/h. 14-16°C

Finish: Approx. 17.15

This is a high mountain stage featuring a summit finish, and “home” to the Cima Coppi. The route runs constantly uphill (on deceptively flat roads) over 80km, all the way up to Casteldelfino. Here the road starts to climb up Colle dell’Agnello (Cima Coppi, 2744m). The following 40km run mostly downhill and lead to Guillestre, at the foot of the final climb. There are a few tunnels around km 135.

Final kms
The last 13km run entirely uphill, with an average 7% gradient and 15 hairpins. The roadway is very wide and well surfaced. The home straight, 150m in length, on a 6m wide asphalt road, has an 8% uphill gradient.