22/05 - Stage 13 - Montecchio Maggiore to Jesolo - 147 km
If you are to miss any stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia, today is the day. The 147 km from Montecchio Maggiore to Jesolo are completely flat. The sprinters missed out on stage 10. There is no way they will let it happen again today. A headwind will help the peloton keep the morning breakaway in a tight leach.
The two intermediate sprints, both offering 20, 12, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 points, are located in Santa Maria di Sala (after 58.4 km) and Mestre (after 77.3 km). There are still 70 km to go from the last sprint. The riders targeting the red jersey will have no problems recovering from their efforts if they take part in these sprints.
For the GC riders, the solo focus is to stay upright and save energy for tomorrow’s long time trial. The biggest struggles towards the run-in in Jesolo will be possible showers during the stage. On such a relatively easy day in the saddle, it’s important not to let your mind wonder off. You need to stay alert at all time, especially if the roads are wet.
As the riders reach the city of Jesolo, they turn left onto Via Cristoforo Colombo. The following 5 km are straight-out alongside the river. Soon after passing under the 10-km-to-go banner, the peloton turns right in Cortellazzao. A very narrow bridge take the riders over the water onto Viale Oriente where they stay for a couple of kilometers. It’s a wide road without any roundabout or other obstacles. With about 6 km to go, a few tricky turns lead the peloton onto Via Madre Teresa di Calcutta and later Via Martin Luther King. These 4 km are straight-out but do include numerous roundabouts and traffic islands. The last roundabout comes just 500 meters from the line. This - and the following sharp right-hand corner - will stretch out the peloton significantly. It’s extremely important to be well-positioned on the last 2 km. Only the final 400 meters are straight-out towards the finishing line. Hopefully, we won’t see any crashes on the wet roads!