What’s on today’s menu?
So, what does the stage look like?
Here’s what the roadbook says about the stage…
A colossal stage through the Dolomites, and the last summit finish of the 2022 Giro d’Italia. Starting in Belluno, and taking a short diversion across the valley of the Piave river through Sedico, Santa Giustina and Sospirolo, the route passes Agordo and Cencenighe, crossing the Val Cordevole upstream.
The stage finale features three consecutive climbs: Passo di San Pellegrino (with gradients exceeding 15% past Falcade), Passo Pordoi (the 2022 Cima Coppi), and Passo Fedaia, where the gradients hover steadily above 10%, topping out at 18% in the 6km past Malga Ciapela.
The ramps are steep over the last 14km. After a technical ascent from Caprile to Rocca Pietore, the route becomes a 2% false-flat up. The gradients go up again past Sottoguda, then the road dips a little before Malga Ciapela (passing through a curved, well-lit tunnel). The average gradient over the last 6 km is around 12%, with a mid-climb 18% peak (below). The home straight is flat, on Tarmac road.
Live stage commentary due to get under way at 12.30pm (BST)
Catch up: Highlights from Friday’s stage
If you were to analyse yesterday’s stage from purely looking at the results sheet, then you may be forgiven for thinking little happened in the general classification battle. However, the loss of Richie Porte may cost dearly once Ineos Grenadiers enter the final mountain stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia. Equally, it will be interesting to see how Bora-Hansgrohe have recovered following a big day of riding on the front of the peloton. At the pointy end of the race, there was drama as stage winner Koen Bouwman appeared to block Mauro Schmid (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) on the final bend – canny riding or a little bit naughty? – resulting in a moment of chaos that also did for the hopes of Andrea Vendrame (Ag2r-Citroën) and Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ). On the surface not much happened, in reality it was an enthralling day of racing. Watch the highlights here . . .
Hello and welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 20 at the Giro d’Italia, the 168km run from Belluno to Marmolada (Passo Fedaia).
Following yesterday’s stage, won by Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma) after the Dutchman also all but sealed the mountains jersey, the overall winner at this year’s Giro could be decided today, or may even go down to the final time trial in Verona on Sunday.
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) leads, but has Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) breathing down his neck, while Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) is perfectly positioned to launch an audacious attack at the last, but does he have what it takes to overhaul the deficit he has on the leading pair? Before we have a look at the profile of today’s stage, here’s a brief look at the standings . . .
Carapaz will be be dressed in the maglia rosa, the leader’s pink jersey, for a sixth consecutive day. The Ecuadorian, however, is holding on to that treasured garment by the narrowest thread.
Having finished safely within the time limit, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) kept hold of the maglia ciclamino, or cyclamen jersey, as leader in the points classification. Providing he completes the race when it concludes in Verona on Sunday, the Frenchman should take it home for a second time after also winning it in 2020.
Having all but sealed the mountains classification, Bouwman will again wear the maglia azzurra, or blue jersey. Should he finish both today and tomorrow’s stage within the time limit, he will become the first Dutchman in Giro history to take home the jersey.
Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) will again wear the maglia bianca, the white jersey, as leader in the youth classification.