The 209km stage from Praia a Mare to Montevergine di Mercogliano is the second mountain finish of the race, coming after a long stage.
The peloton, 171 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12:02.
Praia a Mare (11:55 – Start): clouds, 22°C. Wind: moderate – ENE 10km/h.
Montevergine di Mercogliano (17:15 – Finish): clouds, 10°C. Wind: moderate – NNE 10km/h.
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 13 seconds of time bonuses are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time; a maximum of 45 points are available for the points classification (688 left); and 15 points for the King of the Mountains competition (503 left).
1 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 16″
3 – Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton – Scott) at 26″
Stage 8 – Praia a Mare-Montevergine di Mercogliano 209km – total elevation 2,600m
This very long stage initially winds its way along trunk and fast-flow roads, with some tunnels along the route. The course straightens and levels out past Agropoli, following the Tyrrhenian coast all the way to Salerno. Here, and for the last 55km, the route starts to climb (with varying degrees of gradients) all the way to the outskirts of Avellino. The road is narrow and worn out at points along the coast, and urban areas are dotted with roundabouts, traffic islands and speed bumps. The final climb leading to Montevergine di Mercogliano begins just past Torrette di Mercogliano.
This will be the second summit finish. The average gradient is around 6%. The route is marked by a series of short straight stretches, connected by mild bends and featuring 18 wide hairpins. The route runs under the cable railway just past the red flag, and clears the last hairpin 600m before the finish. The home straight (150m in length, 6m in width) has a 5% uphill gradient.