The 244km stage from Penne to Gualdo Tadino is the longest of the race and very hilly.
Today’s stage will pass right next to where the Rigopiano’s tragedy occurred when an avalanche engulfed a luxury hotel killing 29 people on 18 January 2017.
Penne (10:55 – Start): Cloudy, 16°C. Wind: weak – 9km/h SW.
Gualdo Tadino (17:15 – Finish): Variable, 13°C. Wind: moderate – 16km/h SW.
1 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton – Scott) at 32″
3 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 38″
Stage 10 – Penne-Gualdo Tadino 244km – total elevation 3,000m
This is the longest stage of the Giro. It crosses the Apennines from the south to the north, following a tortuous route dotted with short, uncomplicated ascents, including three categorised climbs. The first one (almost 20km long) features a first-ever pass over one of the sides of the Gran Sasso. In the first sector, the roads are narrow and worn out at points; in the second part, the roads are wider and have a better surface. The route eventually levels out in the final section.
The final kilometres are essentially straight, on a wide road, up to the 1,500m mark. Here, the route takes some 90-degree turns that lead into the home straight, 750m before the finish (just bending slightly until the 500m mark). The finish line sits on a 7.5m-wide asphalt road.