Giro d'Italia 2014, stage 13 description, map and profile: Friday, May 23
When Friday May 23
To Rivarolo Canavese
From yesterday’s finish in Barolo, the peloton heads ever so slightly west to the neighbouring town of Fossano to begin stage 13. From here, they will head north up to the Comune di Rivarolo Canavese.
Like yesterday, the whole day’s racing takes place in the Piedmont region, which ominously translates as ‘foot of the mountains’. And, by the time the riders reach Rivarolo Canavese, they will know why; visible from here, the Alps loom on the horizon, confirming that the race’s real mountains are very much just round the corner.
Stage 13 only circles the foot of the mountains, however. With just one hill — the Bardassano, a negligible climb tackled almost 100km from the finish — this is a stage designed for the sprinters, to give them one last chance before the GC contenders face off in the mountains.
In fact, given that there aren’t any more stages classified as flat until next Wednesday, many sprinters not bothered about contesting the points jersey may as well go home at this point. With so many sprinters likely to be in last-chance-saloon mindset, and with a speedy downhill to the finish, expect a frenetically contested finale.
Did you know?
Movistar rider Giovanni Visconti — who won two stages at last year’s Giro — is from Turin, which the peloton passes on its way to the finish. Today he is likely to remain hidden in the bunch — unless he’s in the hunt for the mountains jersey and shows his face to his home fans up the Bardassano.