Stage 8 brings the race’s second summit finish, and a major test for the GC contenders. After a hilly start along the Lucan coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the course runs across the Cilento region, along its beaches to Salerno. From there, the road constantly climbs until the final ascent to the Montevergine Catholic sanctuary. It’s not steep, with an average gradient at 5.5 percent. But at 17km, the climb is long enough to drain the legs.