Another day in the high mountains and one for the big guns to fire says Geraint Thomas, while IG Sigma Sport's Dan Lloyd offers insights in to how they'll do it ...

A second high mountain stage - and one that is very handily placed for Milan's Malpensa airport for anyone who decides they've had enough before the start. This is also our second video preview courtesy of IG Markets, Dan Lloyd, latterly of Garmin Cervelo and these days riding for Team IG Sigma Sport discusses the demands of riding in the high mountains and how the riders and teams cope with them. 

Today's route has a very different flavour to yesterday first foray in to the high mountains, with shorter climbs, and the tail end of the stage reminiscent of the Giro di Lombardia in the mountains above Lake Como – not too far from the home of former Giro champion Ivan Basso.

The climbs may be shorter in length, but from the Category 1 Valico di Valcavia onwards, they will test the riders, and none more than the final ascent to Piani di Resinelli, which hits 12 per cent early on and comprises no fewer than 15 hairpin bends.

GT: It’s a tough one, particularly at this stage of the race. I don’t think there will be massive differences on GC, maybe somebody will lose 30 seconds, but I think it will still be the big names battling it out.

For more on this year's race read our full Giro d'Italia Preview.

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Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.