Giro Stage 16 Preview: Showstoppa on the Foppa

Lovere to Ponte di Legno (194 km) Sometimes less is more, and even though the queen stage has been decrowned with the Gavia being removed, while we might have lost an epic mountain climb, the new stage is more likely to lead to epic racing. THE COURSE Obviously, the big news for this stage is the removal of the Cima Coppi, the Passo Gavia, due to a zombie polar bear outbreak on its slopes. The profile of the stage would have looked like this: The re-routed stage profile looks like this: The Gavia has been replaced by two climbs — the Cevo and Aprica. The Cevo is a 10.6 kilometer climb at an average gradient of 5.9% and looks like this: The Cevo is not the steepest climb, but has some sustained sections above 7% on a narrow and winding road and should act as a good leg softener and ...

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