Matt White: There are some bloody tough days at the 2019 Giro d’Italia

On the back of Wednesday’s 2019 Giro d’Italia route announcement, when five summit finishes and three individual time trials were revealed for the Italian Grand Tour taking place in May, Mitchelton-Scott head sports director Matt White has weighed in with his thoughts on next year’s parcours.

“It’s a pretty soft first 10 days,” White pointed out on his team’s website. “There’s actually no tough climbing until the second half of the race, which is not normal for the Giro. Usually they throw in a surprise or two to shake the applecart as early as stage two or three.”

However, two of the three individual time trials come in those opening 10 days, and it’s a discipline that doesn’t particularly suit the team’s leaders, Simon Yates, Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves.

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“There’s almost 60 kilometres of time trialling, but the time trials are really well balanced,” said White. “That’s more kilometres than this year, but all three of them are hilly.

“Obviously, the last stage is the least hilly [15.6km, in Verona], but there is a climb there, and, when you climb, that does favour the non-TT specialists because the specialists can’t make the same time difference.

“The first day, there won’t be too many time gains,” White said of the opening 8.2km race against the clock around Bologna, which finishes with the same San Luca climb that’s used for the finish of the Giro dell’Emilia.

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