The 189km route from Molfetta to Peschici is mixed and the complex finale may suit different strategies from different teams and riders.
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.
1 – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
2 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) a 6″
3 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) a 10″
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).
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.