Giro d’Italia, the 16th stage Sacile-Cortina d’Ampezzo live: departure at 10.50am

The decisive day arrives, with its four Gpm including the Cima Coppi del Pordoi. The ranking could be overturned

The hardest day of the Giro: 5700 meters and a journey through the history of the pink mountains. This is stage 16, Sacile-Cortina, 212 km. Meeting in Piazza del Popolo at 9.30, departure at 10.50. We face the long climb of Crosetta (11.6 km), just after the start, to cross the Cansiglio plateau. The descent towards Lake Santa Croce is challenging, preceding a short ascent on the slopes of the Nevegal to reach Belluno. Then the Cordevole valley crossing Agordo up to Alleghe and Caprile, where the Fedaia Pass begins: you go along the main road, not the Serrai di Sottoguda which were hit hard by the Vaia storm of 2018. The Fedaia-Marmolada is terrible, with those 5 km from Malga Ciapela to Capanna Bil with an average of 11.5% and peaks of 18%.

Then descent to Canazei and here is the Pordoi Pass, Cima Coppi del Giro at 2239 meters: 11.8 km at 6.8%. Swoop on Arabba and face the “real” Giau: 9.9 km at 9.3% average, with peaks of 14% at the beginning. There are 13 km of very fast descent, then at 1500 meters, after the bridge over the Boite, the road starts to climb again with gentle slopes (5%). The arrival in the center of Cortina, in front of the bell tower, celebrates the Winter Olympics of Milan-Cortina 2026. Flying finish line with bonuses in Sottoguda (km 119): 3 ”, 2” and 1 ”. Upon arrival, bonuses of 10 “, 6” and 4 “.

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