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I was looking forward to watching the riders navigate through this mess but it's probably all for the best, no? I mean looking at the unpaved pics it's hard to imagine riding through these switchbacks with road tires.

From Cyclingnews

Road to be completed just in time for Plan de Corones

The Giro d'Italia's 17th stage promises to be one of the most spectacular of the race, even if some feel that the organisers have gone too far in putting the finish on the Plan de Corones, at the top of a steep, unpaved road. The climb itself is tough, averaging 7.5% for 16.9 km, with several sections of over 20%. The final kilometre averages 14% and includes 24% and 22% ramps. It reaches 2273m altitude, starting from 1012m. But it's more the quality of the riding surface that has had everyone concerned. Will it be necessary to use mountain bike tyres for the Giro d'Italia?


Here's the Cyclingnews article and pics.
 

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Seems like they're laying down a hard surface.

From Cyclingnews:
"On Sunday night they finished putting the intermediate surface down, and yesterday they started with putting the hard surface down. This is a special surface, as it is a mixture of rock debris and 4 percent cement, and will need three days to rest. So it should be all finished for Friday-Saturday."
 

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il sogno said:
Seems like they're laying down a hard surface.

From Cyclingnews:
"On Sunday night they finished putting the intermediate surface down, and yesterday they started with putting the hard surface down. This is a special surface, as it is a mixture of rock debris and 4 percent cement, and will need three days to rest. So it should be all finished for Friday-Saturday."
From the pict, it looks like they're paving it.

 

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Here's an update. They've paved most of it. A few hundred meters at might still be unfinished. The race organisers might eliminate the last part if conditions are bad.

From VeloNews


Road Work: An update on the road to the Plan de Corones
By Igor Tavella
Special to VeloNews
This report filed May 22, 2006

While no one can do much about the 24-percent pitches on parts of the road to the finish of Wednesday's 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia, road crews are making progress in terms of improving the surface on the final five kilometers on the road to Plan de Corones. VeloNews reader Igor Tavella, who sent us a photo update last week , has returned and reports that there are great improvements on most of the final portions of the climb. Race officials say that at this point, if work on the final few hundred meters remain unfinished those stretches of road will simply be eliminated from the stage.


Here are before and after shots of one of the switchbacks.


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