From Colli al Metauro to Recanati (180km). This is the “walls” stage, rich with the famous and awaited punchy climbs and a final 22.8km circuit, to be covered three times.
After crossing the neutralised zone, the peloton of 148 riders passed km 0 at 12:10.
Colli al Metauro (12:15 – Start): Sunny 18°C. Wind: moderate – 16kmh, SE.
Recanati (16:25 – Finish): Sunny 16°C. Wind: weak – 11kmh, SE.
1 – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma) at 7″
3 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 50″
Maglia Azzurra (blue), general classification leader, sponsored by Gazprom – Adam Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
Maglia Arancione (orange), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Sportful – Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF)
Maglia Verde (green), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Open Fiber – Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 16 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 22 points are available for the points classification and 40 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
Stage 5 – Colli al Metauro – Recanati 180km
This will be a “wall climbing” stage. Sharp ascents will be tightly packed in the three laps of the final circuit, where the route will climb up to Porta d’Osimo four times and up to San Pietro three times (max. gradient: 20%). A flat stretch along the Adriatic coast leads all the way to Loreto and eventually to the final 22.8km circuit, to be covered three times. The Muro di San Pietro deserves great attention: the climb is quite uncomplicated at first (avg. slope: 6.8%), but gradients rise steeply over the last 200m, topping out at 20% at the summit.
The final kilometres run steadily uphill. The Porta d’Osimo climb begins 3.6km before the finish, with milder gradients over the first 500m, followed by the actual “wall”: 1,300m with an average 14% slope, and peaks reaching 19%. A milder uphill stretch, with gradients around 3%, leads all the way to the finish. The home straight is 300m long, on 5.5m wide tarmac.
Poet, philosopher and writer Giacomo Leopardi is not only one of the greatest poets of the Italian 19th century but also one of the most important figures of literary romanticism.
Places in Recanati that recall Leopardi include:
Hill of the Infinite, the summit of Mount Tabor from which the panorama towards the mountains inspired the homonymous poetry composed by the poet at 21 years old.
Piazzetta del Sabato del Villaggio, overlooked by Palazzo Leopardi, is the house of Silvia Torre of the “Passero Solitario”.