Stelvio Pass

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - TRIPLO STELVIO -

was first in­cluded in the Giro d’italia in 1953. That stage was won in a solo move by the le­gendary Ital­ian cy­clist Fausto Coppi. It has fea­tured in the Ital­ian Grand Tour 12 times, al­ways the race’s Cima Coppi, the high­est point in that year’s Giro. In 1967, 1984, 1988 and 2013, the Stelvio was sched­uled to ap­pear, but the route had to be al­tered due to the high moun­tain pass’s un­pre­dictable weather. (There are ac­cu­sa­tions that or­ga­niz­ers skipped the Stelvio in 1984 to help Francesco Moser, a less-ca­pa­ble clim­ber than Lau­rent Fignon, win the event.) It re­mains the high­est point ever reached in the Giro and the high­est fin­ish point of any Grand Tour.

Ry­der Hes­jedal raced up Stelvio’s south­ern ap­proach on the penul­ti­mate stage of the 2012 Giro. Bel­gium’s Thomas de Gendt won on that day, but Hes­jedal de­fended his po­si­tion in the GC well enough to claim his Giro ti­tle in the fol­low­ing day’s time trial.

Stelvio Pass was last vis­ited dur­ing the Giro’s 100th edi­tion in 2017. In hon­our of the an­niver­sary, or­ga­niz­ers had the rid­ers climb the Stelvio twice in one day.

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