Today’s stage finish at Matera is notoriously tricky. It gets three stars out of five for difficulty in road book.
“It’s not at all easy,” says BMC’s Max Sciandri, who was racing the Giro in 2003 when Fabio Baldato won there.
“They were trying to set things up for [Alessandro] Petacchi and Fabio locked on behind to get the win and beat him in the sprint.”
“It’s big roads, it can bite some sprinters for sure. You do the last corners, left and left, and then in the last 800 metres it really kicks up. There’s a headwind today, which could make it more complicated.”
Sciandri predicts “some, but not all sprinters will get dropped. It’s difficult, visually it’s right there, but with that headwind and kicking up.”
“It’s always like that in the Giro, there’s always a little twist at the end.”