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GIRO D'ITALIA 2003 - THE CLIMBS
 
By Fabio
Date: 12/2/2002
GIRO D'ITALIA 2003 - THE CLIMBS
 

86th GIRO D'ITALIA (May 10, June 01-2003): MAIN DIFFICULTIES


Stage 2:

- Montescaglioso : (km. 5. - average gradient 5 %)

Stage 3:

- Fagnano Castello : (km. 11.5 - average gradient 3 %)

Stage 4:

- Cresta di Zungri : (km. 9.6 - average gradient 4 %)

Stage 5:

- Portella Mandrazzi : (km. 24.8 - average gradient 4 %)
* This ascent was also tackled in the 1999 Giro, but on the opposite side, as the stage was going from Catania to Messina.

Stage 6:

- Monte Salviano : (km. 4.5 - average gradient 3.5 %)

Stage 7:

- Monte Terminillo : (km. 16.1 - average gradient 7.3 %) - Uphill Finish
* A profile of the climb is available here
* And here you can find Monte Terminillo's official website (in italian)

Stage 8:

- Forca dell'Arrone : (km. 4.4 - average gradient 3.35 %)
* Another difficulty not new to the Tour of Italy, as riders had to climb it in stage 7 of the 1991 edition, from Rieti to Cittá di Castello in the Umbria region (the "green heartland" of the country).

Stage 10:

- Colla di Casaglia : (km. 18.3 - average gradient 4 %)

- Trebbio : (km. 5.7 - average gradient 6.85 %)
* A profile of the "Valico del Trebbio" climb is available here

Stage 12:

- Fuessa : (km. 10.6)

- First half : average gradient 8.7 %)

- Second half : average gradient 10.3 %)
* profile of the Fuessa (Fusea) climb available here

- Sella Valcalda : (km. 6.6 - average gradient 6.15 %)
* Profile of Sella Valcalda ascent available here
* Click here for a pic of the route and a few more details on this climb.

- Monte Zoncolan : (km. 13.3 - average gradient 9 %) - Uphill Finish
* Profiles of the fearful Monte Zoncolan are available by clicking here or even on this link;
* For more Pics and details of the ascent have a look at the three following links: 1; 2; 3

Stage 13:

- La Rosina : (km. 2.2 - average gradient 4 %)

Stage 14:

- Passo Rolle : (km. 23.1 - average gradient 5.5 %)
* A Profile of Passo Rolle, one of the Giro's most traditional climbs, is available here

- Passo Valles : (km. 6.8 - average gradient 7.1 %)
* Passo Valles Profile available on this website

- Passo San Pellegrino : (km. 5.8 - average gradient 9 %)

- Alpe di Pampeago : (km. 8.9 - average gradient 9.6 %) - Uphill Finish
* Two links where you can find more on the Pampeago ascent: 1 and 2

Stage 18:

- Montemale di Cuneo : (km. 4.2 - average gradient 7.36 %)

- Colle dell' Esischie : (km. 20.6 - average gradient 7.5 %)
* A profile of the Colle dell'Esischie ascent, located on the Piedmont side of the Alps, is available here

- Colle Sampeyre : (km.16.4 - average gradient 7.3 %)
* And, last but not least, a profile of Colle Sampeyre

- Chianale : (km. 20 - average gradient 4.14 %) - Uphill Finish

Stage 19:

- Cascata del Toce : (km. 18.3 - average gradient 5 %) - Uphill Finish

Click on the following link s for a few more detailed Stage Profiles and Climb Profiles

Ed. Note: Looking at the climb maps and profiles available on the links, you may notice some differences, in both distances and average gradients, from the above data provided by "Gazzetta dello Sport". The reason is that authors of the maps on one side, and "Gazzetta" journalists on the other, may have taken into consideration different starting points for the same climb.



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