Chris Froome: It's a brutal final up the Zoncolan

Chris Froome (Team Sky) faces an uphill battle as steep as the slopes of the Zoncolan if he is to turn his Giro d'Italia around. As one of the toughest climbs in Europe loomed large on the horizon, Froome appeared relaxed and ready for the major showdown, perhaps knowing he has lots to gain and very little else to lose in this year's corsa rosa. If he has a bad day on Saturday and loses more time, his hopes of even a podium place will be virtually null; if he has a good day, he could perhaps even win the stage, pull back some time and salvage his pride.

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