What : A never before used 8 mile uphill GRINDER with almost 3600 feet of climbing.
In Layman's Terms Please ? : "Hmm. let’s see… why don’t we start off with a gentle 16% hump leading up to a moderate 20% incline and finish up the stage on a 24% gravel road?" - Velo go go
Ideal Road Surface : Must be a little wet. Too wet or too dry both will result in loss of traction.
Gearing Used (Pro only!) : Bettini went with 34 x 28 T, Leipheimer apparently chose the same too - Cycle To
Danilo Di Luca, after a scout on the climb earlier this year, immediately said 34 x 29 T was ideal for him - EuroSport
Gearing (homely humans) - Multiply above with any number greater than 1.
A Nice Preview
Video courtesy : Holimites
Actual Stage 16 (English Coverage)
Video Courtesy : Miha2007