2018 Giro d'Italia Week 2 - Apennines to Dolomites : Stage Routes & Profiles

Information from the Official Giro d'Italia website

Stage 10 : 15th May 2018

This is the longest stage of the Giro 2018: 239 km. From Penne the course runs across the central Appenines, skirting east of the Gran Sasso and the Sibillini Mountains up to Umbria’s Appenine. Countless short climbs, including 3 categorised ones, lead to a wavy finish fit for punchers, though a sprint cannot be ruled out. Few km after the start, the course runs across Farindola and soon after near what is left of the Hotel Rigopiano (18.01.2017). Past Ascoli Piceno, the race goes across some towns and villages hit by the earthquake in August 2016.

Stage 11 : 16th May 2018

Wavy stage with medium-long climbs in the first half and the classic Marche’s short steep climbs in the second half. The course runs up to the Passo del Termine (new ascent) and reaches the Province of Ancona with the Muro di Filottrano (Michele Scarponi’s town) with gradients reaching 13-14% followed by two short and very steep climbs near Osimo leading up to the finish line in the medieval centre of Osimo, which was a finish town already twice [1987-Forest and 1994-Argentin].

Stage 12 : 17th May 2018

A completely flat stage first along the ss. 16 “Adriatica” and then the ss. 9 via Emilia in the final part. Only past the finish line it begins the Tre Monti circuit, to be raced once, that will lead to a likely sprint finish in Enzo and Dino Ferrari Racetrack, where Zakarin won in 2015 and Vittorio Adorni was awarded World champion in 1968.

Stage 13 : 18th May 2018

An almost flat stage that crosses the Po Valley from south to north up to Montello with an approx. 30-km circuit with a few climbs that won’t prevent a field sprint. The final section features some iconic WWI landmarks, including the Piave river, and other modern and contemporary wine-related places. Upon approaching the finish, the route runs across the eastern Polesine areas that haven’t been included in a Giro stage for over 30 years.

Stage 14 : 19th May 2018

First queen stage across the Alps. 5 over 181-km long categorised climbs with 4400 m cumulative elevation gain. Monte di Ragogna and its steep climbs and, in the final 45 km, Passo Duron, Sella Valcalda and Monte Zoncolan, without a single flat stretch, are the summits in this stage. 6th finish on the Zoncolan, and the 5th one on the "intimidating" side of Ovaro. On Monte di Ragogna several Tours of Friuli finished, amongst all when Bugno won the Italian championship in 1991. Monte Zoncolan has gradients topping out 22% in its first part. In Chialina (1.5 km before the foot of the climb) there wil be the usual pit-stop where the followers’ vehicles will be replaced by motorbikes.

Stage 15 : 20th May 2018

Stage in the Dolomites with 4 categorised climbs, none of which very hard or too easy. In particular, past Auronzo di Cadore, the stage takes in two new climbs of Comelico (Passo Sant’Antonio and Costalissoio) with gradients almost always above 10%. Final stretch slightly uphill. The finish is located a few hundred metres from the finish in 1987, when Stephen Roche claimed the first maglia Rosa of his “Giro-Tour-World Championships” Grand Slam that year, a feat that only Eddy Merckx managed to make in 1974.

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