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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 8 Guide

Breakaway day • Foggia–Guardia Sanframondi

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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 8 (3 stars)

FOGGIA–GUARDIA SANFRAMONDI
Saturday, May 15
170km (hilly, hilltop finish)

Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 8.

Breakaway day

By this point in the Giro, there will be dozens of riders far back on general classification and on a day too tough for the sprinters there is not likely to be much reaction from the GC teams to a large breakaway. The lead group is likely to be filtered out by the long Cat. 2 Bocca del Selva climb in the southern Apennines 50 kilometers from home, while the stage win will be played out on the 4-kilometer, 5-percent Cat. 4 climb to the finish in the medieval hilltop town of Guardia Sanframondi (population 4,744), high above a valley of vines and olive groves. And don’t forget to see the GC riders, even if they’re many minutes behind the winner, sprint to the line, testing themselves for the next day’s much tougher uphill finish.

Stage 8 map.

SCHEDULE (all times EDT)

Foggia start (0km) after 5km neutral (6:50 a.m.); Campobasso (sprint), 86km to go (8:55 a.m.); Bocca del Selva (Cat. 2), 49.8km to go (10 a.m.); Castelvenere (sprint), 7.3km to go (10:53 a.m.); Guardia Sanframondi (Cat. 4, finish), 170km (11:12 a.m.).

Stage 8 itinerary.