The Colle delle Finestre

Alberto Contador just won the Giro D'Italia today, but in the penultimate stage yesterday, he finally showed a sign of weakness, allowing his main competitor Fabio Aru to drop him on the climb up the Colle delle Finestre. Aru ended up the stage winner, clawing back over two minutes on Contador, but after Finestre Contador regrouped and limited the damage on the climb to Sestrieres to end the stage. That left today's concluding stage as largely a ceremonial one, as is so often the case in the grand tours.

The climb up the Colle delle Finestre one of the epic, unique climbs left in road cycling because it occurs on dirt and gravel. Even though they're riding the most advanced carbon fiber bike frames, the professional racers looked like cyclists of yore, when the Tour de France was contested largely on dirt paths through the Alps and Pyrenees.

One of the rare times Contador has been dropped on a climb, this time up the gravel path of the Colle delle Finestre.

Contador is trying to win both the Giro D'Italia and the Tour de France this year, something not done since Marco “Il Pirata” Pantani did it in 1998.