The Giro d'Italia & Valtellina: a story lasting since 72 years
It was 1939 when the giro arrived for the first time in Sondrio;
but it is only after the war that the climbs become epic, thanks to the work of great champions such as Fausto Coppi. He won all alone the stage Bolzano - Bormio in 1953. The Giro still remembers Coppi as it goes through the mountain stages. A mountain bonus, called the Cima Coppi, is awarded to the first rider who reaches the Giro's highest summit. And who wins on these hard climbs is usually the winner of the giro d'Italia!
These are a few videos of the most memorable stages.
1953 GIRO D'ITALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE STELVIO
"Fausto Coppi: un uomo solo al comando"
GIRO D'ITALIA 1988
14th stage: Chiesa Val Malenco - Bormio
Passo Gavia: a freezing and snowy day that became history for the impossible conditions of the course!
The winner is a great and courageous Andy Hampsten
(read the interview made in 2008)
GIRO D'ITALIA 1994
Stage: Merano - Aprica
Marco Pantani made famous by his great victory on the Mortirolo
GIRO D'ITALIA 2004
18th stage: Stage Tonale - Gavia - Bormio 2000
winner Damiano Cunego
GIRO D'ITALIA 2010
20th Stage: Bormio - Passo Tonale
A hard climb that after 5 passes celebrates the victory of Vince Johann Tschopp faster then Evans. Only third Ivan Basso, the pink jersey of Giro 2010
GIRO D'ITALIA 2011
17th Stage : Feltre - Tirano
Ulissi wins the 17th stage but Contador keeps the pink jersey