Basso on Monte Zoncolan

Ivan Basso during Tirreno

Ivan Basso during Tirreno (Image credit: Sirotti)

The riders of the 90th Giro d'Italia will face what many consider to be the toughest climb in Europe, Monte Zoncolan. The 10.1-kilometre climb, rising from Ovaro (530m) to Zoncolan (1730m), has an average gradient of 11.9%, and 14.9% average between kilometre 2.1 and 8. Yesterday, 2006 Giro Winner Ivan Basso tried the climb for the first time.

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