A brutal stage with 50km of climbing that has a second consecutive mountaintop finish. Starting in Termeno, Stage 17 goes via Passo di Pinei, over Passo delle Erbe to finish atop Plan de Corones at 2273m., with the last 5.5km up an only recently paved road next to a ski slope with sections that have a 24% grade! Watch for huge gaps to open on Stage 17's ugly final ascent, with a pure climber destined for victory.
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