Giro d'Italia: Stage 10 Preview - Civitavecchia to Assisi 186 km

A climby but sprinty stage… possibly not one for the pure sprinters though reckons Geraint Thomas

by Tony Farrelly   May 14, 2012  

Giro 2012 Stage 10

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Another reasonably short stage with rolling hills, but the climbs are bigger than those encountered yesterday and with a tough uphill finish in Assisi, it’s definitely one for the puncheurs rather than the sprinters.

The closing 4km pack a one-two punch in the shape of two short but hard climbs, separated by a little over 1km of descent, with the final climb on a narrow, stone-paved road in a closing kilometre that on paper at least, is reminiscent of the end of the Strade Bianche in Siena.

GT: This could be a stage for someone like Robbie Hunter, depending how he’s going, on that sort of finish he’s still capable of getting up there, and from our team even Rigoberto Uran, he’s got a decent sprint on him and if it’s too tough for the real sprinters, I’m sure he’ll be in the mix, or even Giovanni Visconti, that sort of rider.

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