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Gallery: The Monte Zoncolan in photos

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The then world champion Cadel Evans was dropped by Ivan Basso in 2010

The then world champion Cadel Evans was dropped by Ivan Basso in 2010
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Gilberto Simoni shoots away from his rivals on the Zoncolan in 2003

Gilberto Simoni shoots away from his rivals on the Zoncolan in 2003
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Carlos Sastre posted a top six on the Monte Zoncolan in 2010

Carlos Sastre posted a top six on the Monte Zoncolan in 2010
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Ivan Basso won the Monte Zoncolan stage in 2010 and wrapped up the overall

Ivan Basso won the Monte Zoncolan stage in 2010 and wrapped up the overall
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Ivan Basso races towards the win on the Monte Zoncolan in 2010

Ivan Basso races towards the win on the Monte Zoncolan in 2010
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Michele Scarponi has climbed Monte Zoncolan a number of times

Michele Scarponi has climbed Monte Zoncolan a number of times
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Alberto Contador at the start of the Monte Zoncolan in 2011

Alberto Contador at the start of the Monte Zoncolan in 2011
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Alberto Contador finished second on the Monte Zoncolan in 2011

Alberto Contador finished second on the Monte Zoncolan in 2011
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Igor Anton wins on Monte Zoncolan in 2011

Igor Anton wins on Monte Zoncolan in 2011
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Igor Anton was first to the top of the Zoncolan in 2011

Igor Anton was first to the top of the Zoncolan in 2011
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He may have been in pink but Contador lost the 2011 race at CAS

He may have been in pink but Contador lost the 2011 race at CAS
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Alberto Contador in the magalia rosa in 2011

Alberto Contador in the magalia rosa in 2011
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Alberto Contador keeps a lid on Vincenzo Nibali at the Giro d'Italia in 2011

Alberto Contador keeps a lid on Vincenzo Nibali at the Giro d'Italia in 2011
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Vincenzo Nibali matches Alberto Contador on the Zoncolan in 2011

Vincenzo Nibali matches Alberto Contador on the Zoncolan in 2011
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Alberto Contador was too strong for everyone else in 2011 but later lost his title at CAS

Alberto Contador was too strong for everyone else in 2011 but later lost his title at CAS
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Vincenzo Nibali leads Alberto Contador on the Zoncolan in 2011

Vincenzo Nibali leads Alberto Contador on the Zoncolan in 2011
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Vincenzo Nibali leads Alberto Contador on the Zoncolan in 2011

Vincenzo Nibali leads Alberto Contador on the Zoncolan in 2011
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Alberto Contador defending the maglia rosa in 2011

Alberto Contador defending the maglia rosa in 2011
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Cadel Evans struggles to the top of the climb

Cadel Evans struggles to the top of the climb
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Gadret, Vinokourov, Nibali and Cunego ride up the Zoncolan in 2010

Gadret, Vinokourov, Nibali and Cunego ride up the Zoncolan in 2010
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Ivan Basso drops Cadel Evans on his way to victory

Ivan Basso drops Cadel Evans on his way to victory
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Gilberto Simoni shoots away from his rivals on the Zoncolan in 2003

Gilberto Simoni shoots away from his rivals on the Zoncolan in 2003
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Gilberto Simoni leads Andrea Noe and Marco Pantani up the climb

Gilberto Simoni leads Andrea Noe and Marco Pantani up the climb
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Andrea Noe leads a group containing Pantani, Rumsas, Gonzalez and Frigo

Andrea Noe leads a group containing Pantani, Rumsas, Gonzalez and Frigo
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Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola-SO.DI) leads his rivals in 2003

Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola-SO.DI) leads his rivals in 2003
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Marco Pantani hangs on the GC favourites in 2003

Marco Pantani hangs on the GC favourites in 2003
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Gilberto Simoni (Team Saeco) conquered the Zoncolan in 2003

Gilberto Simoni (Team Saeco) conquered the Zoncolan in 2003
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Casagrande and Garzelli hang on but Simoni is about to fly

Casagrande and Garzelli hang on but Simoni is about to fly
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Gilberto Simoni (Team Saeco) leaves Casagrande and Garzelli standing

Gilberto Simoni (Team Saeco) leaves Casagrande and Garzelli standing
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Gilberto Simoni (Team Saeco) rides towards victory in 2003

Gilberto Simoni (Team Saeco) rides towards victory in 2003
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Mexican climber Julio A. Perez Cuapio (Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo) in action

Mexican climber Julio A. Perez Cuapio (Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo) in action
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Sandy Casar (FDJeux.com) climbs to 24th on the Zoncolan in 2003

Sandy Casar (FDJeux.com) climbs to 24th on the Zoncolan in 2003
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Cadel Evans (BMC) couldn't match Ivan Basso on the climb

Cadel Evans (BMC) couldn't match Ivan Basso on the climb
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David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) holds onto the maglia rosa

David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) holds onto the maglia rosa
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Gilberto Simoni (Team Saeco) puts 30 seconds into Stefano Garzelli in 2003

Gilberto Simoni (Team Saeco) puts 30 seconds into Stefano Garzelli in 2003
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Ivan Basso returned to the sport after his ban to win the Giro d'Italia in 2010

Ivan Basso returned to the sport after his ban to win the Giro d'Italia in 2010
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Ivan Basso (Liquigas) put over a minute into his closest rival

Ivan Basso (Liquigas) put over a minute into his closest rival
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Raimondas Rumsas and Marco Pantani climbing in 2003

Raimondas Rumsas and Marco Pantani climbing in 2003
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After three weeks of racing the 2014 Giro d'Italia reaches its final major test on stage 20 with a ragged and weary peloton taking on the mammoth task of the Monte Zoncolan.

When the climb was included in the corsa rosa four years later, Simoni was at it again, this time winning ahead of his then teammate Leonardo Piepoli and a young up-and-coming Andy Schleck.

The climb was left out until 2010 when Ivan Basso soared clear on his way to claiming the stage and eventually the overall title, with the climb used a year later as Igor Anton skipped clear of a group containing Alberto Contador.

More than one route to the top of the climb has been used in the past, and it returns for Saturday’s crucial stage. Movistar's Nairo Quintana will be looking to seal his overall win with another stage, while Fabio Aru (Astana), Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) – who incidentally was 17th on the climb in 2007 – will all be in contention.

Before then, enjoy this gallery of race photos, as well as our stage preview.

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