Giro d'Italia Stage 14 preview: Nairo Quintana favourite on Oropa
By Matt Westby , 19 May 2017
Nairo Quintana is favourite for victory on Oropa (Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images)

The general classification battle resumes on Stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia with a summit finish at Oropa.

At 131km, it is the shortest road stage of this year’s race and is almost entirely flat up until the 11.7km final climb, which averages 5.7 per cent in gradient and reaches a maximum of 13 per cent.

This ramp arrives halfway up the climb, but there is another 11 per cent section with a little over 2km to go that could prove just as important.

Oropa is the third of four summit finishes in this year’s race and although it is arguably the easiest, it could still be significant in the fight for the Maglia Rosa.

 

The last time the Giro visited, in 2014, winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) took 25 seconds out of then leader and eventual runner-up Rigoberto Uran (then Omega Pharma-Quick-Step).

Quintana will be favourite for victory again, following his win on Stage 9 on Blockhaus, but Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr), race leader Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) could all pose a big threat to the Colombian.

The climb to Oropa has historical significance, as it was here that the late Marco Pantani claimed one of his three three stage wins in the 1999 Giro, which he was later thrown out of.

Start time: 1.30pm CET. Estimated finish: 5.12pm CET.

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