Giro Rosa countdown: Luperini looks back at victory on the mighty Zoncolan

Italy's Monte Zoncolan is one of the toughest mountain passes in professional cycling, arguably ranked above the Mortirolo, Gavia and Stelvio, and often compared to Spain's Alto de l'Angliru. Given its dominant stature in the sport, however, the mountain has only been included a handful of times in the long-running history of the Giro d'Italia. It has been used six times in the men's Grand Tour, most recently won on by Chris Froome in May.

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.