‘If you don’t have it, you get dropped’ – Blockhaus provides first real test of Giro d’Italia

“It’s the first real test, because we’re coming out of two complicated days and this is a real mountain stage,” said Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), who hails from nearby Chieti. “It’s a summit finish that can’t be compared to Etna in terms of its steepness and length, and there are real climbs beforehand too. It’s a proper mountain stage.”

On Sunday, the Passo Lanciano precedes the Blockhaus in what constitutes one of the most-demanding stretches of the entire Giro d’Italia, with the road rising for some 45 of the last 65 kilometres of stage 9. The altitude gained in this portion of the stage alone is in excess of 2,500 metres. Time gaps are inevitable.

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