The final showdown of the day over the Passo Giau. Watch the gc boys treat this like a summit finish – any amount of daylight over the top will come in handy on the almost 16km descent to Cortina. The climb runs 9.9km at a pretty steady grade of 9.3%. By now the relentless series of climbs and descents will have thinned the front group, and I’d expect to see all the heads of state and their elite grimpeurs amassing for a good battle.
The Giau Pass (Passo Giau) (el.) is a high mountain pass in the Dolomites in the province of Belluno in Italy. It connects Cortina d'Ampezzo and Selva di Cadore / Livinallongo del Col di Lana in the Livinallongo valley.