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13 May 2017

Stage 8, finish line in Peschici

The 189km route from Molfetta to Peschici is mixed and the complex finale may suit different strategies from different teams and riders.

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WEATHER
Molfetta (12.35 – Start): Clear skies, 26°C. Wind: weak – 12km/h.
Peschici (Valle d’Itria) (17.15 – Finish): Clear skies, 22°C. Wind: weak – 8km/h.

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
2 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) a 6″
3 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) a 10″

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
  • Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors); jersey worn by Adam Yates (Orica – Scott)

ROUTE
Stage 8 – Molfetta-Peschici 189km – total elevation 2,500m
The route is on flat and straight roads in the first 90km, while the following 100km are constantly undulating, with several curves and changes of direction. Past Manfredonia, the stage clears the Monte Sant’Angelo categorised climb, and then takes the entire scenic route, all the way to Peschici (with a KOM climb in Coppa Santa Tecla and an intermediate sprint in Vieste).

Final kilometres
The stage finale is fairly complex, with a fast-running descent between 5km and 3km from the finish, followed by a short flat stretch, up to 1,500m from the finish. Here begins the closing climb, which grows increasingly steeper as the finish draws nearer (with peaks reaching 12%), and with several sharp bends. The home straight (200m), on 7m wide stone-paved road, has a 9-10% uphill gradient.

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