Giro d’Italia, 18th stage (Pinzolo-Cancano Lakes): the Direct

Alpine stage of 207 km, four Gpm with the Stelvio. Our direct text will start at 12.45

In the 17th stage of the Giro d’Italia the pink jersey group let go of the breakaway, Ben O’Connor took his revenge after the second place in the previous fraction and arrived alone at the finish line in Madonna di Campiglio. No battle between the best in the general standings, who have decided to save energy in view of today’s stage. Almeida still in the pink jersey with a 17 “lead over Kelderman.


Alpine stage with over 5400 m in altitude, departure from Pinzolo and arrival after 207 km at the Cancano Lakes (Stelvio National Park). Uphill start on Passo Campo Carlo Magno (second category GPM) leading to Val di Sole, after about 45 km the riders will face the new Castrin / Hofmahdjoch pass (first category GPM, 8.8 km at 9.7% ) up to Val d’Ultimo / Ultental. The long descent takes you to the outskirts of Merano, where you continue uphill from Foresta / Forst entering Val Venosta and climbing it almost entirely. It is then up to the Stelvio (2758 m), from the more demanding side (almost 25 km at 7.5% of which half over 2000 m, Cima Coppi del Giro). After the very long descent, final ascent towards the Cancano lakes (first category Gpm, 8.7 km at 6.8%). The climb leads to the Towers of Fraele, 2 km from the finish. Two short tunnels follow and a short descent to Lago delle Scale, which runs along a flat road for about a kilometer. The last 500 meters are slightly uphill, at about 3.5%.

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The pink jersey Joao Almeida (Deceuninck Quick-Step) has a lead of 17 “over Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), 2’58” over Jai Hindley (Sunweb) and 2’59 “over Geoghegan Hart (Ineos). First of the Italians Vincenzo Nibali (Trek Segafredo), seventh at 3’31 “.


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