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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 9 Guide

Gravel summit • Castel di Sangro-Campo Felice (Rocca di Cambio)

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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 9 (4 stars)

CASTEL DI SANGRO–CAMPO FELICE (Rocca di Cambio)
Sunday, May 16
158km (mountains, summit finish)

Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 9.

Gravel summit

On this first day heading back north from southern Italy, this relatively short stage through the Abruzzi region has all sorts of possibilities—especially if the weather is challenging. The 158 kilometers contain half a dozen climbs, including this Giro’s first Cat. 1 mountain at the finish. It’s not a particularly long climb, only 6.6 kilometers with an average gradient of 5.9 percent up to the ski station of Campo Felice. So, what’s the big deal? The answer is the final mile (1.6 kilometers), which is on gravel, with an average grade of 8.6 percent, including a 12-percent pitch, close to the finish at an elevation of 1,655 meters (5,430 feet). Maintaining momentum on steep gravel climbs is not easy, so look for a great bike handler like former mountain biker Bernal to fight for the win with local favorite Pozzovivo.

Stage 9 map.

SCHEDULE (all times EDT)

Castel di Sangro start (0km) after 4.6km neutral (6:40 a.m.); Passo Godi (Cat. 2), 122.4km to go (7:47 a.m.); Forca Caruso (Cat. 3), 55.9km to go (9:38 a.m.); Celano (sprint), 36.1km to go (10:05 a.m.); Ovindoli (Cat. 2), 23km to go (10:34 a.m.); Rocca di Cambio (sprint), 7.9km to go (10:56 a.m.); Campo Felice (Cat. 1, finish), 158km (11:11 a.m.).

Stage 9 itinerary.