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Cycling fans greeted the professionals on Monte Zoncolan with great enthusiasm (photo: Georges Lüchinger).
Cycling fans greeted the professionals on Monte Zoncolan with great enthusiasm (photo: Georges Lüchinger).

Stage 15, Giro d'Italia Cadel Evans wearing the points jersey and fifth overall

23. May 2010

Monte Zoncolan, Italy

On the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia, from Mogliano Veneto to the summit finish on Monte Zoncolan, the pain was to be seen written on the faces of even the best climbers. Cadel Evans of BMC Racing took second place, claimed the red points jersey and is now fifth overall.

22 percent gradient

On the notorious ascent of the 1730-meter high Monte Zoncolan, with a gradient of up to 22 percent, Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team and Ivan Basso (Liquigas) formed a leading duo six kilometers before the finish, leaving other favorites in their wake. Two kilometers later, Basso upped the tempo and broke free from the Australian. "Basso took me by surprise. He was the best of all of us today. He maintained his rhythm and I kept mine – and his was a bit faster. We'll see what happens in the next few days," said Cadel Evans. In winning the 222-kilometer stage, the Italian crossed the line a minute and nineteen seconds ahead of the world champion, who worked his way up to fifth in the overall classification. Cadel also claimed the red jersey previously worn by Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) as points leader. David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) has kept the pink jersey.