Friday, March 5, 2010
Basso, Pellizotti Test Zoncolan Stage
Yesterday, Basso and Pellizotti, also accompanied by Croatian 23 year old climber Robert Kiserlovski, tested the last 90 kilometers of the crucial part of the 218 km Mestre-Zoncolan stage 15 scheduled for May 23rd.
They rode four "colli": the Sella Chianzulan at 954 m, the Passo Duron at 1076 m with its 4.3 km at 10% with a maximum of 18%, the Sella Valcalda at 958 m, and only the initial part, due to snow, of the Zoncolan whose last 10 km are at 11.9% with a maximum at 22%.
Basso reported, "Duron is challenging in the beginning and the descent is insidious, there are many delicate sections. The Zoncolan I already know, it was important to see the parts I do not know."
"That day I want to be a leader," was the promise of Pellizotti. This is Pellizotti's second test of the stage, see first test report here from November.
You can read the cycling experience of riding up the Zoncolan by two mere mortals here.
Photos: on the test ride; Zoncolan profile (click to enlarge)
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