Giro 2021:- Stage 19: Abbiategrasso – Alpe di Mera 166 km **Spoilers**
Stage 19: Abbiategrasso – Alpe di Mera 166 kmFriday, May 28th, 12.35 CEST
The original route:
The original profile:
The new route: (the black line being the removed section)
The new profile:
The route is now reduced to a single mountain stage featuring only one other recognised climb. The first 120kms being ridden along false flats: aka Ganna land.
Alpe di Mera will feature for the first ever in the Giro: a mountain top finish at the 9.7 kilometres at 9% near the Swiss border.
To get there, the route travels the lowland around river Ticino. The route now touches lake Maggiore to get to the intermediate sprint town, passes Gravellona Toce and Omegna, and clears the Passo della Colma (GPM3, 7.5 km at 6.4%). Past Varallo, the route continues along the valley floor up to the foot of the closing climb in Scopello.
Not sure how this qualifies but...
The final climb rises steadily at 9-10% for 10 km, with pitches maxing out at 14%. The road is quite wide, with a number of hairpins. The home straight is on tarmac road.
What to expect:
Climbers with the ambition to move up in the GC will be eyeing up the final climb. The last 6.8 kilometers are particularly brutal. This being the penultimate mountain stage, ensures that although this stage might not be the hardest, the cumulative effect could still play a part, as we saw last year on the Stelvio.
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