Saturday's eighth stage in the Giro d'Italia looks like a stage where escapees have a serious chance of winning the day's victory.

The sloping course travels over 170 kilometers from Foggia to Guardia Sanframondi, where the finish is uphill.

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Although there is no significant climbing on paper, the riders still have a total of more than 3,000 vertical meters.

Mountain points can only be earned halfway through the ride when climbing the Bocca della Selva.

The Bocca della Selva is an 18.9 kilometer long climb, with the center of gravity mainly in the first part of the mountain.

The first 15 kilometers goes up by about 5 percent, after which 3.5 percent has to be climbed in the last kilometers.

In the remaining 50 kilometers, the riders mainly race downhill.

From about 10 kilometers before the finish the profile changes to false flat, after which the final kilometers have to be seriously on the pedals.

On the final climb it goes up by about 7 percent, in the last 500 meters there is 4 percent to climb.

The profile of the eighth stage in the Giro d'Italia.

The profile of the eighth stage in the Giro d'Italia.

Photo: Giro d'Italia

Profile not suitable for sprinters and classification riders

Thursday's hill stage is therefore not a stage for the sprinters, but at the same time there is not much to gain for the classification riders.

Adventurers like Thomas De Gendt and Nicolas Roche may well have circled this ride in their agenda.

The profile could also appeal to Bauke Mollema, although the Dutchman has indicated that in principle he will only race for stage wins from the second and third week.

The cunning final also offers opportunities for riders who like a steep final sprint, such as Diego Ulissi.

Start:

12.50 pm


Expected finish time:

around 5.10 pm


Favorites for


daytime

success:

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Thomas De Gendt


⭐⭐⭐⭐ Diego Ulissi


⭐⭐⭐ Nicholas Roche


⭐⭐⭐ Rémi Cavagna


⭐ Bauke Mollema


Giovanni Visconti