Garate recons Giro mountain stage

Spanish Champion Juan Manuel Garate (Quick.Step) has reconnoitred the roads of the 19th stage of...

Spanish Champion Juan Manuel Garate (Quick.Step) has reconnoitred the roads of the 19th stage of this year's Giro d’Italia from Pordenone to the Passo San Pellegrino, climbing the Passo Fedaia, the Passo Pordoi and the final climb of Passo San Pellegrino.

"It was a beautiful day," said Garate, who clearly enjoyed his training ride. "The landscape is impressive and for the first time in my life I have seen a solar eclipse at 2000 meters! The Passo Fedaia will make a first selection in the bunch, and I think only the best will remain in the front. The Pordoi is a more regular climb, but the last six kilometres of the San Pellegrino will make up the difference. It’s a very steep climb and I think the riders will arrive one by one."

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