After a series of ‘transition’ stages since the seconds rest day of the 2018 Giro d’Italia, the race returns to the mountains with a finish on the Monte Zoncolan on stage 14.
The climb, 10km long with an average gradient of 12 per cent, is considered by many to be one of the hardest climbs in Europe, and will see the GC riders of the Giro fighting tooth and nail to prevent any time losses.
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Yates will be looking to use Saturday’s trip to the Zoncolan and Sunday’s stage to Sappada to put as much time into Dumoulin as possible before the crucial time trial on Tuesday’s stage 16.
But likewise, riders behind those two in the GC could also look to use the Zoncolan to boost their chances, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Domenico Pozzovio (Bahrain-Merida) aiming to move up ahead of the final week.
Previous editions of the Zoncolan have seen breakaways succeed though, so could it be a day for some escapees to get up the road and take a famous victory on one of the race’s most iconic climbs?
Catch-up with highlights of stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia above, or read the full race report of the day’s action here.
The 2018 Giro d’Italia concludes in Rome on May 27.