The 99th Giro d’Italia remains wide open after nine stages, with just 25 seconds separating Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa, who lie 5th, 6th and 8th respectively.
Italy’s Gianluca Brambilla wears the Maglia Rosa with an advantage of one second over his Etixx – Quick-Step team-mate Bob Jungels, who wears the Maglia Bianca of the best young rider.
Following a rest day in Tuscany, stage 10 will kick off from the Florence comune of Campi Bisenzio, heading to Sestola along a 219km route that includes four categorized climbs, with the Cat. 1 Pian del Falco 16km before the finish atop the final Cat. 3 ramp.
1 – Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step) at 1″
3 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 32″
Stage 10 – Campi Bisenzio – Sestola – 219 km
After the first 25km, this mountain stage doesn’t feature one single flat metre. Just past Pistoia, the route climbs up Passo della Collina (on wide and ever-bending roads) and across the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. After dropping quickly into Porretta Terme, the route climbs up again to tackle the Pietracolora categorised climb, leading into Valle del Samone. A short flat sector follows, leading to Marano sul Panaro. Here the route starts to climb and descend constantly over 70km (with milder or harsher gradients), all the way up to the Pian del Falco KOM. The final part of the climb features long stretches with double-digit gradients (topping out at 14%). The last 15km run half downhill and half uphill.
The final kilometres comprise a fast and technical descent that leads from the KOM summit to Fanano. The descent can be divided into two quite steep parts: the first one runs on large roads, with just a few bends, and leads into a second section where the road is narrower at points, and which twists and turns all the way up into urban Fanano. Next on the route is the final 7km climb, with gradients of 5-6%, on a wide yet winding road that leads into the final 100m long, uphill home straight, on a 6.5m wide asphalt road.