As if the beast of the nine stages at Blockhaus did not inspire enough respect in the peloton, the organizers stored the categorized ascents to the first 37 kilometers of the route. Sprints and gave the seducers who don’t like the hills, they will have something to do from the very start in the town of Isernia.
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Another forty kilometers two opportunities to relax in the downhill or just a slightly undulating tern. But then comes the real test. First, the first category will enter the ski resort Passo Lanciano. From 1310 meters above sea level, the seducers descend and at 118 m to start climbing again, this time at the blockade.
The first at the top in 1665 meters sits alongside Eddy Merckx, who mastered the historic first entrance to the Blockhaus in 1967, and this was the first stage on the Grand Tour for him.
Five years later, the Belgian Cannibal felt completely different. At that time, he was met at the Blockhaus by one of the few crises of his career. He suffered, failed to respond to the flow of Jos Manuel Fuente, and lost two and a half minutes to him. Pesto eventually won the Giro overall win.
Nairo Quintana was the first to defeat him at the last competition at the Blockhaus in 2017. Tom Dumuolin finished the third place, who did the best Giro career and thus dominated it overall.
The Dutchman is still at the start, but only after the dark collapse on Etn, he lost any ambition for the same jersey. In the bird, he joined the niche and helped his darkness colleague Koen Bouwman to win. If he had enough strength, he could try no one this time.
Jan Hirt also climbed the Blockhaus five years ago. He finished the stage on the 26th place with a dog of three minutes. This year, Hirt is the only echo in the race and then he seems to have come to Italy in some better form than in 2017. Just like on the ground on Etn, there will be a hunt for Hirt on Sunday, how long can he stay with the group favorite.
Because he’s going to the Blockhaus. The current leader of the race, Juan Pedro Lpez, would undoubtedly be able to drive first, but Sunday’s stage will be above his audience.
There are several adepts who could betray him in the same jersey. Simon Yates is one of the best candidates in the overall standings. Joao Almeida and Pello Bilbao follow a quarter of a minute. Romain Bardet and Richard Carapaz run the dog for twenty seconds. It’s pretty sure there won’t be seconds but minutes on the Blockhaus slopes.
As in 2017, cyclists will climb to the top the hardest route. Tinct kilometer with an average slope of 8.4%. three kilometers before duty, I expect 14%.
It is long and steep at the same time, as well as the classic ascent from which the legs were, describes Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), who grew up in sight from Blockhaus, for CyclingNews.com. You can’t hide or relax like Etn for a while. If you can, you go for it. If not, setesou vs.
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