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Giro d'Italia 2023 Giro d'Italia, Stage 19: Longarone – Tre Cime di Lavaredo 183 km (Friday, May 26th)

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I think that one thing that is being underdiscussed is that the insane gradient climbs have been generating smaller differences the past 5 or so years. Zoncolan from Ovaro had only 42 seconds from first to sixth in 2018. Angliru had 26 seconds from first to seventh in 2020. Mortirolo produced very little between the main guys bar Roglic in 2019. Behind that, Sierra de Bernia (final 3.5k at 14.2%) had six (!) seconds from first to fifth in Valenciana in 2020. Les Praeres bucked the trend in 2022, but only because Evenepoel put half a minute into everyone - the next four GC riders were within 18 seconds of each other, and in 2018 there were only 19 seconds from first to seventh.

Bottom line - the days of the best climbers putting a minute or more into each other on this kind of climb seem to be over. Yes, a MTT is different, but I expect only 30 seconds to 1 minute between the first and last of Thomas, Roglic and Almeida on Lussari unless one of them impersonates either the Roglic or the Pogacar of the (not that comparable) Planche TT. And probably even less on Tre Cime if Giau isn't raced properly.
You are right, and I think it has been commented quite a few times here. The big difference when it comes to Giau and Tre Cime is the combination with the altitude. Well, so I hope. Usually high altitude create bigger gaps.
 
List of winners on Tre Cime, with the Giro winner between brackets.

1967 stage canceled (Gimondi)
1968 Eddy Merckx (Merckx)
1974 José Manuel Fuente (Merckx)
1981 Beat Breu (Battaglin)
1989 Luis Herrera (Fignon)
2007 Riccardo Riccò (Di Luca)
2013 Vincenzo Nibali (Nibali)
2007, the legendary Riccardo Il Cobra and his Saunier Duval squad, what a stage that was! Thinking back about the Giro, the memories of Simoni, Piepoli and Ricco are still the most vivid. Probably also due to the fact that was the first Giro I followed.
 
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When I think murderpace, my mind always crawls back to Alpe d' Huez 2003. That was even too much for Lance, and Iban Mayo ended up murdering him instead!

He dropped Ulrich at the first hairpin though.
That was the reasoning behind the violent stop and go nature of the Postal train, ruin the legs of the bigger guys who are dangerous in the ITT.

Wait, is that super cool highlights video of that 2003 stage no longer on yt? :(
 

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