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stage 17 whew??

Old 05-23-07, 02:58 PM
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stage 17 whew??

anyone seen what is comming??


http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2007...tages/giro0717
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Old 05-23-07, 03:03 PM
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Cunego pre-rode the climb in a 36x29. He's a CLIMBER.
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Gonna leave a mark for sure.

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From Ovaro, the 10.1 kilometre climb contains sections of 22, 20 and 18%, with an average gradient of 11.9%. The Zoncolan, at 11.9%, easily overpowers all the climbs in Italy; the Mortirolo at 10.5% (over 12.4km), the Colle dell Finestre at 9.1% (18.6km) and Passo Gavia at 7.9% (17.3km). The mid-section will bite the hardest; from kilometre 2.1 to 8 the riders will be struck with an average gradient of 14.9%.

"I tried it last Thursday [November 30] with my teammate [Ricardo] Riccò. It was a beautiful day. A brutish fatigue," noted two-time Giro champion Simoni to La Gazzetta dello Sport. When asked if he thought it could be one of the hardest climbs in Europe, the 35 year-old from Trento responded, "No. For me it is."


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Should make for one very exciting stage finish.
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On climbs like this, do ya'all think these pro's are heroic still with their 39x23 or 39x25 combo's, or do you think any/many of them succumb to being mere mortals like myself who'd be lucky to climb it with a 34x27?

This stage looks utterly insane.
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I could climb that at 15 +mph for sure. But I'd have to use my car to do it.
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Originally Posted by ryanspeer
On climbs like this, do ya'all think these pro's are heroic still with their 39x23 or 39x25 combo's, or do you think any/many of them succumb to being mere mortals like myself who'd be lucky to climb it with a 34x27?

This stage looks utterly insane.
see: post #3.

Yowch.
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Old 05-23-07, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin
see: post #3.

Yowch.
That is scary. If those dudes are riding compacts up that thing, Ouch^3 !


I'd just get off and walk.
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