Ivan Basso, of the Discovery Team, was training yesterday on the 42km TT course from Bardolino to Verona. That TT will be on Saturday, June 2nd, and could very well decide the race...if it hasn't been decided in the mountains just before the TT. It's going to be an exciting day in Verona! I was out and about riding yesterday but unfortunately didn't see him.
Cunego (from Verona), Basso, and Simoni are all riding the Monte Zoncolan climb in training. They will be climbing this "monster" on Stage 17, May 30th.
Simoni commented in December "that the climb was as tough as or tougher than the Mortirolo (at 10.5% average gradient over 12.4 km). The last kilometre was the hardest I confronted in my life as a climber," he noted to La Gazzetta dello Sport. From Ovaro, the 10.1 kilometre climb contains sections of 22, 20 and 18%, with an average gradient of 11.9%.
Cunego, who partially climbed it in December has said, "I have to say that I have never seen a climb so hard." He will be back on Friday to try again.
Basso trained on it yesterday. His statement afterward, "It is terrible but I like it."