Stage profile: The longest stage of this year’s race is defined by the fourth category Vico climb, whose summit sits just 11km from the finish line. The ascent (3.3km, 5.2% average) is sufficiently steep and narrow to set up an opportunistic attack, so expect a tussle at the front of the peloton between the want-away puncheurs and the tired legs of the sprinters’ teams who will try to control the tempo.
Top three: 1. Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela), 2. Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), 3. Tomas Vaitkus (Orica-GreenEDGE).