Friday, May 05, 2006

Back to Back Jack

How would you like to do these two stages of the 2006 Giro d'Italia?

Stage 19 - Friday, May 26: Pordenone-Passo di San Pellegrino, 220km - This is the hardest stage of '06 Giro, with 7 hours of racing and 4000m of climbing. First on the menu for Friday is the Forcella Staulanza, the steep back to back Passo Fedaia and Passo Pordoi, then the difficult ascent to finish atop Passo di San Pellegrino, where the steep last 7km will break things up.

Stage 20 - Saturday, May 27: Trento-Aprica, 212km - After Friday's ugly stage, Saturday's penultimate stage of the Giro isn't much better, with another 4000m of climbing and seven hours in the saddle. After a second stage start in Trento, Stage 20 climbs the Passo Tonale, then up the steep Passo Gavia to the Giro's high point of Cima Coppi (2618m), the brutally steep Mortirolo where the Memorial Pantani awaits before the descent to Aprica.

That's 26,246 feet of climbing in two consecutive days.... OUCH.

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