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Giro d'Italia's return to the feared Monte Zoncolan confirmed for 2018

Monte Zoncolan set to be included in the Giro d'Italia for the first time since 2014, when it will be ridden on Stage 14

Organiser RCS has confirmed that the Monte Zoncolan will make a return to the Giro d'Italia in 2018 when it will be tackled on Stage 14.

The inclusion of what is widely seen as one of the hardest climbs in Italy had already been reported by Italian newspaper Messaggero Venetto, but has now been officially announced.

The climb will see the peloton tackle an average gradient of 12% for 10.1km with sustained sections in excess of 15%. The riders will take on the ascent on Saturday 19th May 2018, with over a week of racing left until the finish in Milan.

Such a test will suit the pure climbers but a power climber, like defending champion Tom Dumoulin, could limit their losses or even take time if they pace it perfectly.

Already confirmed for the 2018 Giro is its grande partenza in Israel. For the first time in history, a Grand Tour will venture outside of Europe with the race kicking off with a short 10.1km individual time trial around Jerusalem.

This will then be followed by two more days in Israel with road stages from Haifa to Tel Aviv and Be'er Sheva to Eilat.

Race organiser RCS is set to announce the entire route of the 2018 Giro d'Italia this Wednesday, 29th November.

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