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Giro d'Italia 2016: Stage 20


Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia from Guillestre to Sant'Anna di Vinadio - the penultimate day, the final showdown in the Alps.


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Hello, good morning, and a warm welcome to Cyclingnews’ live coverage of what is set to be a huge day on the 2016 Giro d’Italia. It’s the penultimate stage of the race, we’re in the Alps, it’s a short one, and there’s not a metre of flat. What’s more, the race still hangs in the balance. Yesterday was dramatic enough, but this could be another day to remember at the Giro.


Here's the stage 20 profile


As you can see, we're climbing from the very start of this stage. The three main climbs are beasts - long and high - while there's also a steep final kick to the line. 


For a detailed look at what's in store, Cyclingnews' Stephen Farrand has written this preview of the stage:


Preview: Final mountain stage to decide the maglia rosa


The riders will roll out of Guillestre at around 12.35 local time and, after a short neutral zone, racing will begin some 15 minutes later. 


New race leader Esteban Chaves turns up at the start with his pink jersey and matching bar tape