The Zoncolan is a 'different beast' but Simon Yates is undaunted

Since it was introduced to the Giro d'Italia fifteen years ago, Monte Zoncolan has inspired the loftiest of nicknames. Even before a pedal had been turned in anger on its slopes, it was branded as the 'Kaiser.' Once scores of tifosi began cramming into the natural amphitheatre near the summit, it was labelled as the 'Vertical Maracana.'

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.