Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia, 170km from Palmanova to Cividale del Friuli. This is the first Alpine stage of the Giro, with challenging climbs which are new to the Corsa Rosa. They seem destined to reshape the General Classification.
The group, 177 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.31. Did not start: dossards nr 29, 114, 118 and 143
Palmanova: Sunny, 21°C. Wind: weak – 6kmh.
Cividale del Friuli (approx. 17.10 – Finish): few cloud, 23°C. Wind: weak – 5kmh.
1 – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)
2 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 24″
3 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 1’07”
This is a very challenging mountain stage. The route takes in four categorised climbs in a row, with just a few stretches to let the bunch catch their breath. The first 45km run on apparently flat ground, and are followed by three typical pre-Alpine climbs, marked by narrow roadway, high gradients and endless turns, both while climbing and while descending. After a flat drag including a passage over the finish line, the route heads towards the two final climbs in Porzùs and Valle, with a very winding and undulating profile, and high uphill gradients. The road narrows at point while crossing urban areas. The route features some technical descents, especially when climbing down form Passo San Martino at km 67.
The last 5km are deceptive: seemingly flat and yet actually running downhill all the way to Cividale del Friuli. The route features a few twists and turns over the last kilometre; the home straight (approx 400m long) is on a 7m wide asphalt road.