Yesterday’s time trial dug big furrows in the general classification, but already today, the losers of the time trial, will be able to make up for it as the first uphill finish of the U23 Giro d’Italia is scheduled. This is the 142-kilometer Fanano-Sestola, a fraction that includes the finish line at the top of the same steep faced, this season, in the fourth stage of the Corsa Rosa reserved for professionals.
THE TRACK OF THE FIFTH STAGE OF THE GIRO D’ITALIA U23 2021
The first 50 kilometers of today’s stage are slightly downhill, but, subsequently, the riders will have to face four GPMs. The first is the Sant’Antonio di Pavullo climb, which will be followed by Mocogno, Poggioraso and Colle Passerino. The latter is 4.3 kilometers long, has an average gradient of 9.9% and a maximum gradient of 16%.
THE FAVORITES OF THE FIFTH STAGE OF THE GIRO D’ITALIA U23 2021
The winner of the hamlet of Imola, the Catalan Juan Ayuso (Team Colpack-Ballan), is the big favorite even today. Among his main rivals are the Eritrean Henok Mulubrhan (Qhubeka), the Dane Anthon Charmig, the Norwegian twins Tobias Halland Johannessen and Anders Halland Johannessen (Uno-X DARE), the Swiss Alexandre Balmer, the New Zealander Rueben Thompson (Groupama-FDJ ), the Spaniard Fernando Tercero Lopez (Kometa), the Belgian Henri Vandeabeele (Team DSM), the British Thomas Gloag (Trinity), the Dane Asbjorn Hellemose (VC Mendrisio) and the Colombians Didier Merchan, German Dario Gomez and Jesus David Peña (Colombia Tierra de Atletas-GW Bicic). As for the Azzurri, the best cards of the Bel Paese are Alessandro Verre (Team Colpack), Marco Frigo (Seg Racing Academy) and the Zalf quartet made up of Alex Tolio, Simone Raccani, Edoardo Zambanini and Gabriele Benedetti.
THE ALTIMETRY OF THE FIFTH STAGE OF THE GIRO D’ITALIA U23