Stage five – La Spezia to Abetone
The first summit finish of next year’s Giro d’Italia sees the riders climb up to Abetone on stage five.
At 17.3km in length, the final climb rises 928 metres in total, with an average gradient of 5.4 per cent.
Though it is unlikely to cause any serious damage to the major GC contenders, the climb certainly presents an opportunity for one or to gain some early gaps, with the Foce Carpinelli ascent having already been tackled en route.
Climbing from La Lima, the lower slopes of the climb are likely to be more a fight for position before it rises sharply in the middle sector – gradients touching ten per cent likely to spell the end for any out-of-form, fringe contenders.
Few bends appear on the ascent, particularly in the final five kilometres, but as a test of form the climb will certainly sort the contenders from the also-rans.