Stage profile: The GC contenders will be saving their legs in view of what’s still to come, while pretty much everyone else is just counting down the days. Except for two modest climbs, this short stage is all downhill from the Dolomites so should provide some respite for all save the sprinters. Mark Cavendish (Sky) will be looking for points to secure the red jersey, while local boy Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF) will be looking to spoil his party. The final 5km is straight and flat on well-paved roads – perfect for sprinting.
Top three: 1. Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), 2. Mark Cavendish (Sky), 3. Roberto Ferrai (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela).