Giro d'Italia - Stage 7

40.6km-long individual time trial will pit the pink jersey contenders against one another

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 7
Giro d'Italia - Stage 7
  • Dates 10 May
  • Race Length 40 kms
  • Start Foligno
  • Finish Perugia
  • Race Category Elite Men

Published: 2 May 2024

Stage 7: Foligno – Perugia (40.6km, ITT)

Over the last few seasons, the Grand Tours have moved away from the long time trials which used to define the general classification as much as the climbs. In this regard, the 2024 Giro d’Italia is a big return to form with two major time trials on stages 7 and 14.

The first of these two against-the-clock tests comes just before the second weekend of racing as the Giro heads to the city of Perugia. Coming in at a fairly long 40.6km, stage 7 will be an all-around test for time trial specialists and general classification riders alike, with a climb ramping up to the finish. For the first 34km, the profile is flat, lending itself towards the specialists with few turns and no real elevation gain to speak of, nor should wind be a big factor.

However, the last 6km of the stage is a different story, with the road rising up towards the finish line for a not-too-steep but steady climb into Perugia. Altogether, there is 275m of altitude gain over the final 6.6km. While that is not huge in terms of some of the more significant climbs later in the race, putting a grinding climb at the end of a fifty-minute effort can make significant gaps huge.

With that potential for big gaps, expect the race to change its shape after the pecking order is set by the stage 7 time trial. Some pink jersey hopefuls will slip down the rankings, whilst others will look to capitalise on the discipline and bed in margins before the big stages to come at the weekend.

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