Monte Matajur victory to play for at Giro d'Italia Donne - Preview

Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) at the Giro d'Italia Donne
Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) at the Giro d'Italia Donne (Image credit: Getty Images)

After a couple of days characterised by sprints, the Giro d’Italia Donne returns to the mountains for the penultimate stage on Saturday, providing a last opportunity for riders to improve their GC positions. Stage 9 features more than 2,200 metres of vertical ascent and three classified climbs, with the 'queen' stage of the longest tour on the women's calendar finishing on the Monte Matajur at an altitude of 1,267 metres.

The Monte Matajur is a mountain in the Julian Alps on the border between Italy and Slovenia, with the summit 1,645 metres above sea level. However, the asphalted road ends at the Rifugio Pelizzo at 1,294 metres where stage 9 finishes after a 13.9-kilometre climb. The average gradient is 7.7 percent, but the climb is highly irregular.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.