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Giro d’Italia 2023 stage 16 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)

The final rest day now in the rear view mirror and week three of the Giro d’Italia looms large with four leg-searing stages across the final six days of racing for the maglia rosa. Stage 16 wastes no time to deliver drama, with five categorised climbs that total 5,200 metres of elevation gain over 203km.

A tranquil setting in Sabbio Chiese along the western side of Lake Garda sets the plot with 64km of flat roads and a cavalcade of tunnels. Just past Riva del Garda on the northern edge of the lake, the serious intrigue begins. The first of the quintet of climbs is the first-category Passo di Santa Barbara (12km at 8%) and the third-category Passo di Bordala (4.5km at 7%), with just less than 8km between the KOMs. Then rolling through the Adige Valley, with an intermediate sprint in Rovereto, there are consecutive category 2 ascents of the Matassone (13 km at 5%) and Serrada (17km at 5.5%).

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