Monte Zoncolan

Sutrio, Italy

The Monte Zoncolan is a col with a length of 13.4 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Sutrio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. The average grade of this col is 8.8% with a maximum of 17.6%. The Monte Zoncolan ascents from 563 meter at the start, to 1.732 meter at the top, with a total of 1.168 ascending meters.


Monte Zoncolan Profile


Distance 13.4 km
Elevation gain 1168 m
Average grade 8.8 %
Maximum grade 17.6 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 563 m
Maximum elevation 1732 m

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This route is less demanding than the famous road from Ovaro but it still is one of Italy's most challenging climbs. It was featured for the first time in the 1997 Giro Donne (Yes lady's first) and later in the 2003 Giro d'Italia. The actual climb to the summit starts at Sutrio and is 13.4 kilometres long at an average of 8.7% with an elevation gain of 1,210 metres (3,970 ft) and a maximum gradient being 23%. The most demanding section is the final 3.5 kilometres with an average gradient of 13% and the initial part of the final kilometre at 22% grade.

That Mario Cipollini did not like climbing is well known. The sprinter won 42 Giro stages, but never when the road went up. In 2003 he was so upset that the twelfth stage ended on the Zoncolan that he threatened to ride up with a mountain bike. It never came to that, because Cipollini had already dismounted before that.

- Giro d'Italia 2003 stage 12 won by Gilberto Simoni (ITA)
- Giro d'Italia 2021 - Stage 14