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InCycle video: Eros Poli rides stage 19 of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 30, 2014, 11:00 BST,
Updated:
May 30, 2014, 9:59 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, May 30, 2014
Race:
Giro d'Italia
Italy's Eros Poli descends Mont Ventoux, heading for a stage win in the 1994 Tour de France.

Italy's Eros Poli descends Mont Ventoux, heading for a stage win in the 1994 Tour de France.

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Bassano del Grappa to Cima Grappa

The Stage 19 individual time trial at the Giro d'Italia is a monster: a mountain test that may well decide the overall winner. The riders will force themselves up the 26.8 kilometers  Monte Grappa, with numerous switchbacks and gradients from 7 to 15%.

It starts out calmly enough, with roughly seven flat kilometers but from there is goes up, and the riders will take about 45 minutes over the tight hairpins to the top.

“The important thing is to try and find a perfect line through the corners,” former pro Eros Poli told inCycle TV. “You have pain all over your body, not only your legs but your shoulder, your back .... You are pushing with your whole body.”  

“The last 5 km will be terrible,” he said as he rode up the 21 switchbacks in that closing section.

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