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Giro d'Italia 2010

Date range:
May 8-30, 2010
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      8.4km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Amsterdam (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      210km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Utrecht
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Amsterdam
      End location:
      Middelburg
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Savigliano
      End location:
      Savigliano
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Savigliano
      End location:
      Cuneo (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      162km
      Start location:
      Novara
      End location:
      Novi Ligure
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Fidenza
      End location:
      Marina di Carrara
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Carrara
      End location:
      Montalcino
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Chianciano
      End location:
      Monte Terminillo
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Frosinone
      End location:
      Cava de' Tirreni
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      230km
      Start location:
      Avellino
      End location:
      Bitonto
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      262km
      Start location:
      Lucera
      End location:
      L'Aquila
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      CittĂ  Sant'Angelo
      End location:
      Porto Recanti
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      223km
      Start location:
      Porto Recanti
      End location:
      Cesenatico
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      205km
      Start location:
      Ferrara
      End location:
      Asolo (Monte Grappa)
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Mestre
      End location:
      Zoncolan
    • Rest day

      Start location:
      Friuli
      End location:
      Friuli
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      12.9km
      Start location:
      San Vigilio di Marebbe
      End location:
      Plan de Corones (TT)
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Brunico
      End location:
      Pejo Terme
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Levico Terme
      End location:
      Brescia
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Brescia
      End location:
      Aprica
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Bormio
      End location:
      Passa del Tonale
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      15km
      Start location:
      Verona
      End location:
      Verona (ITT)
  • Race history

May 23, Stage 15: Mestre - Zoncolan 222km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
October 26, 2009, 18:09 GMT,
Updated:
May 11, 2010, 20:51 BST

A savage day

Three climbs precede what is widely regarded as the toughest road climb in Europe. Gilberto Simoni claimed the easiest sections of Monte Zoncolan are as hard as the toughest climbs on the Tour de France. Like something from another world, it averages 11.5 per cent for 10km. The fans will love it and turn out in their thousands, the riders will endure it and be thankful for the rest day that follows. It will be interesting to note whether anyone can improve on the time of 39:05 that Simoni set for the climb in 2007. To underline just how brutal it is, his average speed for the ascent that day was just 15.05kph.

Procycling's favourite to win:

Simoni won both the previous stages here, but won't be here aiming for a third. Of course, a specialist will win and few are more specialist than Venezuelan José Rujano (right) if he's got his head together and his form is peaking.

Scarponi says:

Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli)"I did the Zoncolan from the slightly easier side in 2003, but wasn't at the Giro when they last went up in 2007. There's drama whenever the Giro goes to the Zoncolan. The secret on such a hard climb is not getting lured too far into the red zone, because the consequences here could be horrific. Nonetheless, it's quite hard to make up lots of time, because everyone goes as slowly as each other! Roughly the same applies on Plan De Corones."

Flashback: Tough climbs ahead

For Giro organisers RCS Sport, spectacle is everything. The riders may hate climbs such as Plan de Corones and Monte Zoncolan but fans love the almost stupidly difficult battleground they provide. Expect thousands to turn out to view professional cycling's equivalent of a freak show.

When the Giro first ascended the Zoncolan in 2003, it was via Sutrio on the eastern side of the mountain. Race leader Gilberto Simoni was the first man to the summit after countering an attack by Marco Pantani. Sadly, it was to be one of the final occasions the latter showed his ability on the climbs before his death in 2004.

As had long been rumoured, in 2007 RCS Sport took the race up the much tougher western side of the mountain via Ovaro. The result was the same with Simoni taking victory, just ahead of Saunier Duval team-mate Leonardo Piepoli, now disgraced.

Stage Details

Distance: 222km
Vertical climb: 3,980m
Highest point: 1,730m
Terrain: High mountain
Category: Road Stage

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