Juan Pedro Lopez will have a lot to do to keep his pink leader’s tunic on Sunday at the end of this mountainous stage.
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This is the first real justice of the peace of this Giro version 2022. Fifty-five years after Eddy Merckx’s victory at its summit, the Blockhaus (3.7 km at 8.5%), perched at 2038 meters above sea level, should once again keep its promises. Between Isernia and the summit of the giant Apennines (191 km), on Sunday May 15, the runners will already have to overcome three difficulties, the last of which, just before the final climb, with the Passo Lanciano (10.5 km at 7.4 %).
Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) will wear the pink jersey at the start of the stage. But will he still be on the podium at the end of the afternoon? Although a good climber, the Andalusian is not of the caliber of Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers), Simon Yates (BikeExchange Jayco) or Romain Bardet (Team DSM), three big favorites for the final victory in Milan, which should take advantage of today’s stage to create gaps.