Stage 1 - May 20: Giulianova - Francavilla Al Mare, 202 km

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The first road stage starts a little way north of Pescara, in Giulianova, finishing 202 kilometres later in Francavilla a Mare. The stage is by no means flat, and contains two climbs: starting in Montorio al Vomano (km 38.6), the riders will climb 16.7 kilometres at 2.79% up to the Colle del Capraro (1320 m); later on in the stage is the small climb of Chieti (km 182), which is 2.5 kilometres long.

The parcours also is quite technical, and the descent from the Valico di Capannelle towards Aquila is will be tricky. The riders will pass through two natural parks - Parco del Gran Sasso and Parco del Majella - en route to the finish in Francavilla. The provinces of Teramo, L'Aquila and Chieti will be crossed during this stage.


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