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.