Thursday, May 7, 2009 11.00pm
Mount Vesuvius to test the mettle of the GC contenders
Route: We're getting into the realm of fantasy cycling today, with a run down the stunning Amalfi coast and a finish on one of the world's most infamous volcanoes. The final climb to the summit finish on Vesuvius isn't long, but don't forget how far we've come to get here. Fatigue will be well set in, and the last and steepest 2km to the finish could see some significant splits.
Local Hero: A relative of Danilo Napolitano's must have come from Naples at some point. In our eyes that qualifies the Sicilian as a local for the day at the very least.
Procycling's Top Tip: One foreign rider we've not yet mentioned who could nab a summit victory is Spain's Ezequiel Mosquera. Fourth at last year's Vuelta, the Xacobeo team leader has never won a race outside Spain, but he could change that today.
Savio speaks: The stage to Vesuvio puts the beauty of Italy right into the Giro. Up the Amalfi coast to Napoli: pizza and spaghetti.
The stage is up and down, like a saw blade. This stage will determine the classification. We will likely see two races: an escape fighting for the stage win and then the classification men fighting for the overall jersey behind.