The decisive triptych of the Giro d'Italia starts on Friday with a mountain stage over 166 kilometers from Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera.

Has Egan Bernal recovered sufficiently after his bad day on Wednesday or is the battle for the pink jersey still going to be exciting?

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Bernal's competitors have only two mountain stages and Sunday's closing time trial to take time back on the leader of INEOS Grenadiers.

"I hope I have recovered. I did feel better on Thursday than on Wednesday," said Bernal, who has a 2 minute and 21 second lead over Damiano Caruso, the number two in the standings.

"I'm not confident, but at least I know Friday's final climb, because I grew up as a rider in this region."

The final climb of the nineteenth stage offers plenty of opportunities for spectacle.

The Alpe di Mera is 9.7 kilometers long and has an average gradient of 9 percent.

The second part is the most difficult, with a maximum of 14 percent and an average gradient of 10.4 percent in the last 4.7 kilometers.

The run-up to the absolute final is not very difficult, with a climb of the fourth and a climb of the third category.

The riders would actually be the first to cross the Mottarone, but that first category col was removed from the course because of the drama that took place there on Sunday: a cabin of a cable car crashed.

The profile of the nineteenth stage.

The profile of the nineteenth stage.

Photo: RCS Sport

Official start:

12.45 pm

Expected finish time:

around 5.15 pm

Daytime Success


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Simon Yates

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Egan Bernal

⭐⭐⭐⭐ João Almeida

⭐⭐⭐ Damiano Caruso

⭐⭐⭐ Aleksandr Vlasov

⭐⭐ Romain Bardet

⭐ Hugh Carthy

See also: View all rankings of the Giro, with Bernal in pink