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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

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.

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


Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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