Here is the revised stage 20 profile:
|Saturday's revised sage 20 profile--for now.|
They will have a few kilometers to recover for the final ascent. It starts steep, ends steep, and has a lot of steep all over it. The first km is over 10%, the final 3k average over 12%, and it has sections that come close to 20%. This mountain is for the pure climbers.
|The final 3k are very steep|
The cancellation of stage 19 and the modification of stage 20 have all but exhausted the possibility of anyone recovering time against the overall race leader, Astana's Vincenzo Nibali. The Tre Cime will be their last chance.
Only a disastrous day for Nibali could threaten his lead. The Sicilian's closest foe, Cadel Evans, trails by over four minutes. Although hot on Evans' heels--only ten seconds further back--is Team Sky's Rigoberto Uran.
If the Giro win is out of reach, several other competitions within the race are still being hotly contested. Pretty much all of the top ten places could shift around somewhat. Carlos Betancur and Rafal Majka have been wrestling over the white Young Rider’s Jersey, with Betancur currently trailing Majka by a mere two seconds. The Points Jersey, Intermediate Sprint competition and the Combativity competition are all still close races, too.
The loss of all these high mountains means that Stefano Pirazzi has locked up the King of the Mountains competition. A few climbers still have a shot at the Points Jersey, but if you consider that sprinter-supreme, Mark Cavendish will probably not do too poorly on the final sprint into Brescia, their chances don't look too promising. After losing the jersey to Joaquin Rodriguez by a mere one point last year, it would seem Cavendish will not be denied that jersey this time around.