21 May 2024 Bormio (So), Passo dello Stelvio

15th stage Giro d'Italia: Manerba del Garda - Mottolino

The 107th Giro d'Italia in 2024 | 16th stage Giro d'Italia: Livigno - Santa Cristina (Val Gardena)

Long stage with the Cima Coppi of the Stelvio Pass within it. Uphill start with the Eira and Foscagno Passes followed after Bormio by the Stelvio. Long descent and long falsopiano down to Bolzano along the Venosta valley and the Adige valley. From Cardano long climb to Castelrotto and Passo Pinei. After crossing Ortisei, the last few kilometres are a gentle climb to the final tear.

The Cima Coppi - Icon of the cycling world

The Cima Coppi is the climb with the highest altitude at the summit reached by professional cyclists during each Giro d'Italia. It was established as a tribute to the champion Fausto Coppi. The Cima Coppi changes from year to year, depending on the altitude profile of the Giro d'Italia, but the Cima Coppi for excellence remains the Stelvio Pass, which at 2758 m is the highest point ever reached by the Giro.

The Stelvio Pass

The Stelvio road, leading from Bormio to South Tyrol and Switzerland, is every cyclist's dream.

History of the road

The Stelvio road has existed since the Middle Ages, but it was a risky mountain path. At the beginning of the 19th century, Emperor Franz I of Austria wanted a new road that could connect Val Venosta with Valtellina to reach Milan, which was then Austrian territory. The project was entrusted to Carlo Donegani (1775-1845), an expert in high mountain engineering. Work began in 1822 with the employment of over 2,500 workers, engineers and geologists: after just three years, in 1825, the work was inaugurated in the presence of the emperor himself. Until 1915, the Stelvio road was used all year round by stagecoaches, thanks to the efficient work of the shovelers employed during the winter. During the First World War, it was then the scene of battles between Italians and Austrians and, after the victory on 4 November, both sides became Italian: the pass lost its original significance as a Vienna-Milan link and it was decided to close it in winter. Today, it is still passable in the summer.

15th stage Giro d'Italia: Manerba del Garda - Mottolino

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