Date: Tuesday May 17
Distance: 196 km
After the second rest day, the riders return to action with a stage of two parts. The first 100 km along the Adriatic coast is pancake flat, but after Civitanova Marche, “the route takes in a succession of mild and steep ascents or even ‘walls’, with no pause for breath”.
There’s only 1,760 m of climbing throughout the day, so it’s not an Alpine stage by any means, but that second half will make for some interesting racing. After a downhill run towards Jesi, there’s a slightly uphill drag to the finish.
Who’s it for: Probably a fast finisher with decent climbing legs, but an opportunist who takes a well-timed flyer might be in with a shot.
Dane Cash’s picks: This should be another fun finale where the attackers will have a shot, but Mathieu van der Poel and Biniam Girmay are deserving favorites to win in reduced sprint. Magnus Cort is another rider to watch, while Caleb Ewan will be an obvious contender if he makes it over the climbs.
Meanwhile, Mauro Schmid and Thomas De Gendt are among the riders who stand out as potential breakaway hopefuls.