Giro preview: Stage 8

Up and down, attack after attack or the GC might call a truce after a long week and all the main contenders will finish together. The way it’s been going, expect the former. 

Saturday 16 May: Stage 8 – Fiuggi to Campitello Matese, high mountain, 186km

There’s nothing flat about this jagged stage. Early in the stage is a long cat 2 climb (30km from Sora to Forca d’Acero) then it’s small climbs all the way until the start of the final climb at 13km from the finish.

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Stage 8; Giro 2015

The cat 1 Campitello Matese is an average of 7% but as you can see from the profile below, the gradients shift and change the entire climb, making it difficult to get a smooth rhythm. And then in the middle there’s a short, sharp blip of 12%. The GC contenders will be using their teams to go like the clappers here, hoping a few rivals start riding backwards and possibly testing just how much Alberto Contador’s shoulder is troubling him. This could be a very surprising stage.

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Stage 8 final climb; Giro 2015

 

Link: Official race website

Header image: Welcome to Campitello Matese

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