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90th Giro d'Italia - GT

Italy, May 12-June 3, 2007

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Stage 17 - Wednesday, May 30: Lienz (Austria) - Monte Zoncolan, 142 km

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

A short, sharp stage from Austria back to Italy that finishes atop the fearsome Monte Zoncolan, known as one of the most difficult ascents in Europe. After a few early climbs where a break will surely go, the final ascent of Zoncolan is truly terrible. Only 10.1 kilometres long, Zoncolan gains 1203 metres for an average grade of 11.9% with the steepest pitches going straight up at over 20%. Simoni won here last time so don't bet against the tough Trentino mountain man to do it again atop Zoncolan.

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