Zoncolan: Giro's new iconic climb returns

Monte Zoncolan

Monte Zoncolan has only featured three times in the Giro d'Italia, but it has already established itself as one of the race's iconic climbs and the organisers want it back. According to newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the climb will return next year on May 22, one week before the race ends.

This May, fans arrived to northeastern Italy in thousands to line the 10.1-kilometre pass, which kicks up to 22 per cent gradient. Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) rode away from their rivals in a mid-section that averages 15.3 per cent.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.