Friday 28 May - At 176 kilometres, the riders travel from Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera on the Giro's 19th day of action. It will be the first ever Giro mountain top finish at the 9.7 kilometres climb at 9% near the Swiss border.
On the other hand, Abbiategrasso is the opposite: three stage starts in the last four Giro editions. Last year the race went to Asti (Josef Cerny win) and in 2018 the riders traveled from Abbiategrasso to Prato Nevoso (Max Schachmann win).
This time the riders head toward the west at first. After Novara they change directions and go northward, in the direction of the Alps. Climbing begins in Orta San Giulio, with some 100 kilometres remaining.
The Mottarone towers above Lago d’Orta and the climb to the summit is 15.4 kilometres long and averages 6.7%. It is an irregular toil with the steepest section – 3 kilometres at 10.1% – beginning after 5.5 kilometres of climbing.
A long descent takes the riders down to the Lago Maggiore before they return to the Lago d’Orta. The second climb also begins on the lakeshore, although this time on the western side instead of the eastern. The Passo della Colma is 7.5 kilometres long and averages at 6.4%.
After the descent the route follows the Sesia upstream to Scopello. Which is where the unprecedented finish climb kicks in. The Alpe di Mera is 9.7 kilometres long and the average gradient sits at 9%. It’s a hard test with the steepest part in the second half. The last 3 kilometres rise at an unforgiving 10.5% to the line.
The second intermediate sprint – just before the base of the finish climb – comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds, while time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded to the first three riders on the line.
The 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia starts at 12.10 and the race is expected to finish around 17.15 – both are local times (CEST).