A short sprint stage with few features, a virtual rest day.
The Route: a near-certain sprint finish but Bardiani-CSF should try something as today and tomorrow cross their home land. The course is flat as they stick to the plains, all day the riders will be able to see the hills on their left but the race avoids them to keep things simple.
The Finish: a city centre finish, it’s flat and with just one turn in the final 5km, there are some urban cobbles to traverse just before the flamme rouge.
The Contenders: Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) or Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep)? The trio seem just ahead of Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) who is consistent and ahead of the second wave of Nizzolo, Moschetti, Mareczko, Beletti and Cimolai.
|Pascal Ackermann, Caleb Ewan
|Elia Viviani, Arnaud Démare
Weather: sunshine and clouds and a balmy 24°C with a light 10km/h headwind.
TV: the finish is forecast for 5.15pm CEST / Euro time and barring surprise this is probably a stage to check in on via a live ticker or Twitter before tuning in with 10km to go for the sprint.
It’s on RAI in Italy, Eurosport across most of Europe and Australia, L’Equipe TV in France and Flobikes and Fubo.tv in the US.