Stage 7: San Salvo to Pescara, 177km, medium mountains
This stage will have fans licking their lips and the riders fretting. It’s the kind of stage you’d find in Tirreno-Adriatico. There is not a flat moment until the very end as it rolls up and down all day through the Appennine Mountains until the four categorised climbs – two cat 4s and two cat 3s – from kilometre 121 to the end. They might not seem much individually but put them together and you have a difficult stage. As is usual in the Giro, it’s the gradients that are going to get those thighs screaming with the four climbs having gradients in the 15% region – even a 19% at Chieti-Tricalle. The final climb, San Silvestro, has a quick 6km descent into Pescara.
With stage eight’s time trial coming up, the GC guys will want this stage to be trouble-free for them and they’ll try to conserve their energy, so a breakaway might well stick. But they certainly can’t afford to be complacent – they’ll need to stay focussed all day as this is one of those stages where you could easily lose the entire race if you’re not careful. If you’re looking for the winner today, watch for the hard-man classics specialists and rouleurs who are no threat to the overall.
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