The Revenge of Montelupone, 2008.
I'll let the commentators do all the 'yelling' or I mean talking!
One of the most important Italian stage race next to the Giro starts today in Cecina. The week long, Tirreno-Adriatico or Race to the Sun is probably the build up race that leads into Milano Sanremo. Most top sprinters will fight it out for the overall but a gruesome addition has returned!
The 21% Montelupone is back and from last years struggle up this brute of a climb(3 times on it) was a test of attrition. The infamous, Ricardo Ricco crashed on it. Most riders struggled and had to walked it. It's one mean hill. For sure, this killer climb will sort out the classification!
Most of the riders from last year will be back and Canadians: Svein Tuft(Garmin), Ryder Hesjedal(Garmin) & Dominique Rollin(Cervelo TT) will definitely be in the mix.
Bring on the bella Montelupone!