24/05 - Stage 15 - Marostica to Madonna di Campiglio - 165 km.
This is the first ’high mountain stage’ in this year’s Giro d’Italia. The riders are facing three difficult climbs on the 165 km from Marostica to Madonna di Campiglio. With no less than 78 KOM points up for grabs, this is a very important day for the riders targeting the blue mountain jersey. A strong break will also have a good chance of making it all the way today. Therefore, we can expect a furious fight amongst the riders trying to make it into the morning breakaway.
After 50 km on the bike, the peloton takes on the first climb of the day. The 9.8 km towards the top op La Fricca have an average gradient of 5.6 %. It’s a perfect place to establish a breakaway. The following descent is very long, about 30 km, and leads the riders towards the next climb. The few kilometers on the Monte Bondone ascent aren’t categorized but the riders will certainly be able to feel it in their legs.
The first intermediate sprint is located in Ponte Arche. Soon after, it’s time for the steep Passo Daone climb. It’s 8.4 km long and has a staggering average gradient of 9.2 % with multiple parts of double digits gradients. From the top, there are just 31 km to go. Like the ascent, the downhill section is also very steep. It takes place on a narrow mountain road and will probably challenge the riders almost as much as the uphill part did. The weather forecast shows it might rain again today. If so, this descent will be extremely dangerous.