Thursday, June 14, 2012

Heroic Effort: Passo dello Stelvio

The Passo dello Stelvio is the highest pass in Italy. Both daunting and beautiful, it was designed by race fans via the Giro d'Italia Facebook page. Stage 20 was 219km long including the Passo del Tonale, Mortirolo and the 22.4km climb to the summit of the Passo dello Stelvio at a mind/leg numbing 2757 metres. In 1953, Fausto Coppi beat Hugo Koblet up the Stelvio winning the stage and the race. Since then, the Stelvio is also named the Cima Coppi.

The perfect stage for heroes...

Average:  7.4%
Length:  22.4 km
Height start:  950 m
Height top:  2758 m
Gradient:  1808 m
Heroic Effort:  Extremely High.

Crossed for the first time in 1953...
Fausto Coppi rose to heroic proportions beating
Hugo Koblet. 

Bernard Hinault in 1980 vs the Stelvio.
Images: Cors Vos

Christian Vande Velde...
a heroes ride leading Hesjedal.

Thomas De Gendt escaping for a Stelvio victory.

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