One of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, Monte Zoncolan is a mountain in the Carnic Alps, located in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. It has been used in the Giro d’Italia six times (2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2018) and in the Giro Donne (Giro d’Italia Femminile, rebranded in 2013 as the Giro Rosa), once (1997).
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Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. With a height of currently 3,329 meters / 10,922 ft (this varies with summit eruptions), it is the highest active volcano in Europe outside the Caucasus, and also the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps. To date, the Giro d’Italia has visited the volcano four times, three times to the Rifugio Sapienza and once to Piano Bottaro lower down. The last visit was in 2017, where Jan Polanc, the Slovenian rider of UAE Team Emirates won stage 4, as the last survivor of a four-man breakaway. The fifth visit will be in 2018 edition.
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Dura-Ace is the admiral ship of Shimano, the Japanese (now multinational) manufacturer of cycling components (and some other things like fishing tackle and rowing equipment). Here is a brief history of Dura-ace.
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Vincenzo Nibali, the Italian rider of Astana team won the Tour de France 2014 edition and joined the greats, becoming the sixth cyclist to win all three grand tours.
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Tarmac is the admiral ship of Specialized’s road bike models. According to Specialized, its stiffness-to-weight ratio is increased by 19% over the previous Tour de France winning version (refers to Andy Schleck’s 2010 Tour de France win. The original winner was Alberto Contador, he was also riding a Specialized Tarmac, but he lost his victory to Schleck due to doping).
As always, there are plenty of build options of each Specialized model.
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Specialized Tarmac may be the most successful racing bike in recent years. Only in 2012, Spring Classics Amstel Gold Race and Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), Monumental Spring Classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Vuelta a España and Olympic Men Road Race are won by the cyclists riding Specialized Tarmac.
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The Cima Coppi is the summit with highest altitude reached by cyclists during the Giro d’Italia. It was established in 1965, five years after the death of the “Il Campionissimo” (champion of champions) Fausto Coppi.
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Stage 14 of Giro d’Italia 2013 edition is a High Mountain stage with summit finish, between Cervere and Bardonecchia (Jafferau). The length of the course is 168 kilometers. The route contains famous Sestriere climb.
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A hundred meters from the beach of Ézaro, where the Galician coast at its best, there is an ominous sign with the red warning triangle: thirty percent (30%) warns the board, then you directly ride against uphill over a huge rock.
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