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Giro d’Italia 2023 stage 14 preview

SIENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: Alexey Lutsenko of Kazahkstan and Astana-Qazaqstan team attends Strade Bianche 2023 race route recon on March 03, 2023 in Siena, Italy. (Photo by Sara Cavallini/Getty Images)

Saturday, May 20, begins in the Valais just below Friday’s mountaintop finish and travels across 70km of Swiss roads before crossing the border back to Italy. It only takes 35.7km from the start in Sierre for the peloton to encounter the only climb of the day, a challenging 20.2km ascent of Passo del Sempione. The first-category climb begins in Brig and averages 6.5%, with a stiff stretch at 14% after the first 3km. 

It is on the technical descent among a series of tunnels that the corsa rosa returns to Italian soil, the steep banks providing a launchpad for the final 124km in Italy and all of it downhill. A pair of intermediate sprints, at Villadossola and Stresa, are sprinkled on the way. 

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