Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Greatest cycling climbs #8 Monte Crostis

Monte Crostis (el.2,251 metres) is a mountain in the Carnic Alps, located in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy.

The Giro d'Italia intended to pass Monte Crostis in 2011, but after the death of Wouter Weylandt and ongoing protests of the peloton, the UCI race jury, led by Belgian Thierry Diederen, decided that the Monte Crostis should be eliminated from stage 14′s route, citing lack of access for ambulances and an uneven race surface as its primary reasons for pulling the section out of Saturday’s decisive stage from Austria to the Monte Zoncolan summit.

Original route of stage 14 in Giro 2011 before the Monte Crostis was removed from the stage:

Giro d'Italia 2011 Stage 14 original route (Monte Crostis included)

Profile of Monte Crostis

Profile of Monte Crostis

According to Velonews, Contador said  after previewing the stage before Giro 2011 “that descent off the Crostis, which is the climb before Zoncolan, I don’t know how we’re going to get down that. The drops there are tremendous. All I know is that even in a car, the descent puts your hair on end. I only hope nothing unfortunate happens that day. I am glad to have seen it, just to be able to get ready for it in my mind. But if it’s raining or snowing … I don’t even want to think about it.”

Alberto Contador on Monte Crostis

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