Passo dello Stelvio and the Giro d’Italia
The Passo dello Stelvio is one of the historic mountain climbs of the Giro d’Italia and as one of Europe’s highest mountain passes at 2,758 meters it’s the highest point ever reached by the Giro and therefore has been the Cima Coppi on 9 occasions. The Stelvio pass was first used in the Giro d’Italia in 1953 and has featured in some of the epic battles of the Giro. Used as recently as the 2014 Giro d’Italia albeit from the easier south side when a snow storm made the stage almost impossible to ride.
Take a look at this great clip from The Col Collective as Mike Cotty rides the Stelvio.
Stelvio pass climb by numbers
Climb length: 24.3km
Elevation gain: 1,808m
Summit elevation: 2,758m
Average gradient: 7.4%