Stage 6: Mola di Bari – Margherita di Savoia Distance: 169km Highest point: 156m Category: Flat
FOLLOWING THE SCRIPT The Giro turns for home with a day on the coast. This time we’ll be in Puglia, the ‘bread basket’ of Italy, and will conclude at Margherita di Savoia. There will be breaks – lots of them – but the stakes are quite high today, so it may take a while before the right one sticks. Regardless of these, it will come back together by the seaside. This will be a sure-fire gallop across an area famed for its vast salt flats and thermal springs. Indeed, the finish town of Margherita di Savoia was originally called Saline di Barletta.
Stefano Zanatta says: "The absence of totally flat stages elsewhere makes those that remain all the more pressurised and all the more precious. I would expect Omega to be on the front all day and for this to end in a sprint, 100 percent certainty. There’s not much more you can say. You’ll have a break, it will come back, and then there will be an almighty fight to deliver the sprinters to the final kilometre. The GC people will simply try their best to stay out of trouble."