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13 May 2016

Stage 7 from Sulmona to Foligno

Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, Sulmona to Foligno (211km): a hilly stage that may still end in a bunch sprint. Cheered by huge crowds, the Corsa Rosa has been truly celebrated in style this morning.


The group, 191 riders strong, passed km 0 at 11.54. Did not start: dossard nr 97, Lawrence Warbasse.

Sulmona: Sun, 21°C. Wind: moderate – 27kmh.
Foligno (approx. 17.15 – Finish): Scattered showers, 17°C. Wind: strong – 31kmh.


  • Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
  • Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Damiano Cunego (Nippo – Vini Fantini)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)

1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
2 – Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) at 26″
3 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 28″

Stage 7 – SULMONA – FOLIGNO – 211km

Finish: Approx. 17.15

The stage is wavy, with a first climb starting just 11km after the start (Le Svolte di Popoli), followed by nearly 200km on wide and mostly straight roads, with roundabouts, speed bumps and traffic islands being the main obstacles typically found in urban areas (such as L’Aquila, Rieti, Terni, Spoleto). The final part of the route descends (or runs flat) all the way up to the final kilometres.

Final kms
The final kilometres are quite uncomplicated, up to 2,000m from the finish. Here, one right-hand bend quickly followed by two left-hand bends lead into the home stretch with 1,300m left to go. There is just one last, gentle bend 500m before the finish line, which lies on a 160m long and 7m wide asphalt straight.