Monte Zoncolan

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Monte Zoncolan
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height 1750  m slm
location Friuli Venezia Giulia , Italy
Mountains Southern Carnic Alps
Coordinates 46 ° 29 '54 "  N , 12 ° 55' 15"  E Coordinates: 46 ° 29 '54 "  N , 12 ° 55' 15"  E
Monte Zoncolan (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
Monte Zoncolan
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The Monte Zoncolan ( Çoncolan in Friulian ) is a 1750 meter high mountain in the Carnic Alps .

It is located in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia , about 20 km south of the Plöckenpass . The mountain can be reached via a pass road that connects the two places Ovaro and Sutrio .

Ski Area

In recent years, one of the most important ski areas in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region has emerged on the eastern side of the mountain . At an altitude of 900  m to 1995  m, there are 13 lifts and 22 km of ski slopes for skiers. From Ravascletto from a leading Funifor - aerial tramway to the summit of Monte Zoncolan, can achieve with the help of visitors, the ski area. Furthermore, there is the possibility of using cross-country trails with a length of 2.5 km on the mountain and 55 km in the valley.


The Monte Zoncolan is mainly known for cycling . The climb to the summit is considered to be one of the steepest and most difficult in all of Europe. In 2003 , 2007 , 2010 , 2011 , 2014 and 2018 the mountain was the stage destination of the Giro d'Italia . Gilberto Simoni won the stage in 2003 and 2007, Ivan Basso won in 2010, Igor Antón as the first non-Italian in 2011 , Michael Rogers in 2014 and Chris Froome in 2018 .

List of driveways

  • Ovaro - west entrance
The western driveway of Monte Zoncolan is one of the toughest climbs in cycling. Only the slope to Alto de Angliru in Spain or the Kitzbüheler Horn in Austria can be used as a comparison. The drivers have to conquer 1210 meters in altitude on a distance of 10.5 km . The average gradient is 11.5%, but peak values ​​of up to 22% are achieved.
After the organizers of the Giro d'Italia had planned Monte Zoncolan in 2007 in the route , the road surface was renewed, borders were erected and the three tunnels in front of the summit were illuminated.
Profile of the slope of Ovaro
  • Sutrio - east driveway
This 13.5 km long pass road is much easier compared to the western approach. On this ascent, an average gradient of 9% has to be completed 1190 meters . At the beginning of the incline, flat sections and steeper ramps alternate. However, the last 3.5 km before the summit are particularly challenging. Here, an average of 13%, but a maximum of 23%, incline must be conquered.
  • Priola - old east driveway
The old east driveway from Priola (south of Sutrio) was replaced by the construction of the above-mentioned pass road. However, both roads meet again 4 km before the summit. A total of 1140 vertical meters with an average gradient of 12.8% have to be covered on the 8.9 km route. This route is therefore even more difficult than the west approach, but it is not used for professional bike races due to the narrow lane width and protection of the road.

Web links

Commons : Monte Zoncolan  - collection of images, videos and audio files