Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia, 219km from Campi Bisenzio to Sestola. The route includes four categorized climbs, with the Cat. 1 Pian del Falco 16km before the finish atop a final, Cat. 3 ramp.
The group, 184 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11.18. Did not start: dossards nr 69, Alexey Tcatevitch and nr 204, Fabian Cancellara.
Campi Bisenzio: Variable, 17°C. Wind: moderate – 12 kmh.
Sestola (approx. 17.10 – Finish): mostly sunny, 13°C. Wind: weak – 5 kmh.
1 – Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step) at 1″
3 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 32″
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.