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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 6 Guide

First GC challenge • Grotte di Frasassi–Ascoli Piceno (San Giacomo)

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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 6 (3 stars)

GROTTE DI FRASASSI–ASCOLI PICENO
(San Giacomo)
Thursday, May 13
160km (hilly, hilltop finish)

Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 6.

First GC challenge

With almost a week of racing in their legs, this stage presents the first true test for the GC riders. The climbs in the Apennines are not the most challenging in Italy, but none of the riders hoping to be on the final podium in Milan can have an off-day on the summit finish above the city of Ascoli Piceno (population 47,000). The Colle Giacomo is only 1,090 meters (3,576 feet) above sea level, and the first 10 kilometers of the climb is not particularly steep as it winds past poplars and chestnut trees, but the final 5 kilometers average 7.5 percent with some double-digit pitches. It’s a finish that 10 top climbers (Simon Yates of Team BikeExchange, Egan Bernal of INEOS Grenadiers, Hugh Carthy of EF Education-Nippo, Jai Hindley of Team DSM, Aleksandr Vlasov of Astana-Premier Tech, Emanuel Buchmann of BORA-Hansgrohe, Domenico Pozzovivo of Qhubeka-Assos, Mikel Landa of Bahrain Victorious, Dan Martin of Israel Start-Up Nation, and Romain Bardet of Team DSM) will have to match Almeida, Bennett, Ciccone, Evenepoel, Mollema and Nibali (if his fitness has returned after breaking his wrist a month ago) .

The map.

SCHEDULE (all times EDT)

Grotte di Frasassi, start (0km) after 6.2km neutral (6:55 a.m.); Pieve Torina (sprint),105.3km to go (8:14 a.m.); Forca di Gualdo (Cat. 2), 88.1km to go (9:21 a.m.); Forca di Presta (Cat. 3), 59.6km to go (9:38 a.m.); Ascoli Piceno (sprint), 15.7km to go (10:32 a.m.); Ascoli Piceno (San Giacomo, Cat.2, finish), 160km (11:15 a.m.).

The itinerary.