Giro d'Italia GC contenders back in mountain action on stage 5 - Preview

Jakob Fuglsang, Vincenzo Nibali, Domenico Pozzovivo
Jakob Fuglsang, Vincenzo Nibali, Domenico Pozzovivo (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Giro d’Italia celebrates its arrival on the country’s mainland on Wednesday with a ferociously difficult hilly stage 5 that constitutes a major test of the overall favourites' climbing strength - for the second time in three days.

Arguably harder than the short-ish 150-kilometre stage 3 to Mount Etna - which had just one, albeit very intimidating, final climb, but was relatively straightforward beforehand - the 225 kilometre-long stage 5 is the third longest of the 2020 Giro d’Italia and the first of eight over 200 kilometres long. And if that wasn’t daunting enough, as the Giro road book cheerily puts it, stage 5 “does not contain a single metre of flat.”

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.