World News – AU – Vincenzo Nibali announces that today is the queen stage of the Giro d’Italia after changes for the last mountain day


Vincenzo Nibali declared that today’s stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia is now the queen stage of the race, after the course changes on the last day of the mountain

The organizer of the Giro announced Wednesday, October 21 that the route for stage 20, the last day of the mountain, should be redesigned due to restrictions on coronaviruses

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Initially planned to cross the French border, the peloton had to face the Colle dell’Agnello and the Col de Izoard, before arriving in Sestriere

But French authorities have banned the race from crossing the border due to the global pandemic, with runners now making three climbs from Sestriere instead

Today’s 18th stage is a 207 km race from Pinzolo to Laghi di Cancano, with four classified climbs, including the Stelvio (248km at 74%) 145 km in the stage and finish on the Torri di Fraele (9 km @ 68%) – which Nibali says is the most important day for the GC

Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) said: “It is clear that with the changes announced on Saturday and the fact that Almeida is still the leader, Thursday’s stage is now truly the queen stage The importance of this step is now increasing considerably ”

« The profile says enough, but it all depends on how fast we go up the climbs Expectations are high »

Saturday’s 20th stage is the final road stop for this year’s Giro d’Italia, before the 15 km time trial in Milan to close the race

But with the changes of route, the total ascent goes from 5500 meters of vertical drop to 4000 m

Nibali said: “The Colle dell’Agnello was a really tough climb, I’ve only done it once before

« The fact that we are now climbing Sestriere three times makes a completely different race Of course it is a difficult and important climb, but it depends a lot on the pace at which we go around the circuit several times with the GC riders »

Giro d’Italia, Vincenzo Nibali, Trek – Segafredo, Sestriere, stage of the race

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