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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 17 Preview

Rugged summit finish • Canazei–Sega di Ala

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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 17 (4 stars)

CANAZEI– SEGA DI ALA
Wednesday, May 26
193km (mountains, summit finish)

2021 Giro d’Italia Stage 17.
San Valentino climb.
The final climb of the day looks wicked.

Rugged summit finish

Following the second rest day, the race for the final podium should be down to just a handful of riders, so a stage that is mostly downhill for the first three hours before the two difficult (but much lower) mountain passes at the end should ensure that an early break succeeds in staying away. Behind, the GC leaders will likely wait until the climb to the finish at Sega di Ala, a village just below the summit of the Passo delle Fittanze. It’s a rugged climb, averaging 10.4 percent for the opening 6 kilometers, with another even steeper stretch with a 17-percent pitch preceding the final 2 kilometers. It hasn’t been used at the Giro before, but when a stage of the Giro del Trentino finished at Sega di Ala in 2013, won by Nibali, the first 20 finishers all came in one-by-one spread over four minutes. For sure, there are no “easy” climbs in this Giro d’Italia.

Stage 17 map.

SCHEDULE (all times EDT)

Canazei start (0km) after 5km neutral (6:10 a.m.); Sveseri (Cat. 4), 135.1km to go (7:30 a.m.); Trento (sprint), 91.3km to go (8:13 a.m.); Mori (sprint), 71.4km to go (8:54 a.m.); Pilcante (1st passage), 60.2km to go (9:06 a.m.); Passo San Valentino (Cat.1), 37.8km to go (10:06 a.m.); Pilcante (2nd passage), 15.2km to go (10:34 a.m.); Sega di Ala (Cat. 1 finish), 193km (11:15 a.m.).