Course and cycling history
Two-time Giro winner Ivan Gotti lives in San Pellegrino Terme, 16 kilometers north of Bergamo. He tells Wieler Revue on the phone in January about the added Miragolo.
“We know that almost five kilometer long climb of the Tour of Lombardy, it has also been in the Giro once, but now from the other side. It’s a nice springboard to attack, won’t be decisive, but makes the stage nicer and more open. All in all, with the many climbs, I expect a lively battle for the stage victory and a great spectacle for the spectators on Sunday.”
The ‘Tour of Lombardy’ final will delight Bauke Mollema (winner 2019). After previous stage victories in the Vuelta and the Tour, he is aiming for a Giro stage. In 2019 he came close with a third place in the time trial to San Marino (won by Roglicˇ).
Last year he even finished second, but Koen Bouwman was too fast for him in the seventh stage. This year may be the good year and today is certainly a good opportunity for the Groningen man. If the legs allow it, of course, because he did not impress this Giro yet.
History and environment
The Giro today ‘cycles’ in the administrative region of Lombardy, from Seregno, not far above Milan, eastwards to Bergamo. The riders ride twice through the High Town (Città Alta) of Bergamo, certainly as a tribute to fellow provincial Felice Gimondi, who died in 2019. De Bergamask won one Tour, three Giros, one Vuelta, many classics and became world champion in 1973.
The riders ride over a number of well-known climbs with the Valcava pass and the Selvino in the first half of the stage. The last climb is 11 kilometers at an average gradient of 5.5% to the town of Selvino.
From there, the riders descend to Rigosa to climb the Miragolo, which was added later, almost 400 vertical meters in five kilometers. After the descent they will ride 70 km from the finish line through Sedrina, Gimondi’s birthplace where he first stroked the pedals at the church club.
After a first passage through the high town of Bergamo with its few hundred meters of cobblestone section, the riders will make another loop of fifty kilometers with the climb over the Roncola that has its summit at Valpana.
Profile of the last climb
Eurosport 1 broadcasts all stages from start to finish. While enjoying the now familiar Giro voice of Jeroen Vanbelleghem and Karsten Kroon (sometimes a different duo in the early hours), you are baked at any time of the day, but the finish will usually be between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM .
Immediately after the end of the stage, Eurosport takes a look Head over head back on the stage and ahead of the stages to come with interviews from the finish location.