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Today’s Giro d’Italia stage
Stage 8: Isernia-Blockhaus (191 km)
Apennine stage with 5000 m of elevation gain. Departure at the rediscovered Valico del Macerone followed by the challenging climb to Rionero Sannitico. Another climb to Roccaraso followed by a long undulating downhill stretch that after about 90 km leads to the start of the first climb to Passo Lanciano (Pretoro side). A demanding descent due to the gradients and some city passages to Lettomanoppello. After reaching Scafa, the road begins to climb again. After Roccamorice the final climb of 13 km begins.
The last kilometres
The last 13 km are all uphill on a narrow road with numerous hairpin bends. For almost 10 km the gradient remains above 9% with peaks of up to 14%. Very short counter slope at 500 m from the finish. The last few hundred metres (asphalt, length 200 m, width 6 m) are uphill at around 8%.
Who will be the protagonists?
The time has finally come for the first real watershed of this Giro d’Italia. The Blockhaus will not allow anyone to hide, we will go to the rest day with the hierarchies quite clear. Juanpe Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) will be attacked and will be able to see where he stands in relation to the big favourites. The classic train of Ineos Grenadiers will try to pave the way for Richard Carapaz, who will have to contend with Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco), Mikel Landa, Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious), Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) among others. Great expectations for the local hero, Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo).