BUONGIORNO FROM STAGE 20 OF THE 97TH GIRO D
BUONGIORNO FROM STAGE 20 OF THE 97TH GIRO D’ITALIA
The final high mountain stage finishes on Monte Zoncolan (1730 m)
Maniago, 31 May 2014 - Buongiorno from Stage 20, Maniago-Monte Zoncolan, a short
stage at 167 km, but featuring two first-category climbs, the second of them the forbidding
final climb of Monte Zoncolan.
The peloton of the Giro d’Italia, now 156 strong, passed km 0 (Via l’Unità d’Italia, Maniago,
transfer 2000 m) at 1217 hrs.
Maglia Rosa – Balocco: Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar)
Maglia Rossa – Algida: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.FR)
Maglia Bianca – F.lli Orsero: Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar)
Maglia Azzurra – Banca Mediolanum: Julián Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing)
Maniago: clear skies, 17.6°C. Wind: weak, NE 3 / 9 kph.
Monte Zoncolan: sunshine and showers, 8.8°C. Wind: NE 14 / 17 kph.
First part winds through the hills of Friuli, Maiano, Buia and Bordano. After Tolmezzo,
mountains: Passo del Pura, Sella di Razzo, Monte Zoncolan on the classic, Ovaro
side.Passo di Pura: even gradient, hairpins, 9km at 8% with points reaching double
figures. Short descent leads to Lake Sauris and the road leading to Ampezzo and Sella
Razzo (>15 km, ave. 5.5%, points over 10%). Fast descent leads to the valley of the
Degano, then Ovaro, at the foot of Monte Zoncolan. Final kms: Steep. 3 km from the
finish, two hairpins (left-right) with a flat section in between. Then, gradients from 12-18%
up to the 3 tunnels (150m, 60m, 110m) and then the final 500m (ave. 11%, max. 16% at
the hairpin bend 250m from the finish line. Road surface: asphalt, 5m wide.
AROUND THE RACE
In 1976, much of the area explored by the stage was ravaged by the earthquakes of May 6
and September 15. After the earthquake, it was entirely rebuilt following anti-seismic
Maniago: steel blade and knife production since the Middle Ages, remains a major
economic resource. Museum of blacksmith and cutlery. Gothic Duomo di San Mauro
Martire, Loggia dei Caduti (1661), 18-century Palazzo Attimis Maniago and Piazza Italia.
Ruined castle overlooks the town.
Sequals (km 10.3) Primo Carnera (1906-1967), World heavyweight boxing champion,
born and buried here,
Bordano (km 59.2): known as the city of butterflies for the remarkable presence of several
species of these insects, especially in the springtime. Butterflies even have a whole housemuseum dedicated to them.
Ampezzo (km 93.8): September-October 1944, capital of the “Free Republic of Carnia”,
controlled of the Resistance movement.
Pesariis (km 147.2): nicknamed the “town of clocks” after centuries of clock
manufacturing; museum dedicated to cameras and movie cameras. City center has ten
monumental clocks and two monumental sundials.
Monte Zoncolan (km 168) Altitude 1730 m, average gradient: frightening. ski area with
almost 30 km of slopes. 4 Giro d’Italia stage finishes: first in 2003 (climbing along the way
milder Sutrio slope; winner: Giberto Simoni), then in 2007 (Simoni, again), in 2010 (Ivan
Basso) and in 2011 (Igor Anton).
The 2014 Giro d’Italia is broadcast in 171 countries across 5 continents. RAI, the Giro’s
longstanding partner and host broadcaster, shows the stage in Italy on RaiSport 2 from
1400 hours (CET) and on RaiTre, in simulcast, from 1510. The stage is streamed on
www.raisport.rai.it, while www.gazzetta.it carries highlights, analysis and news updates.
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