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As the final week of the Giro d’Italia 2020 draws closer, we’re challenging you to climb three of the biggest mountains in Italy. We heard you loved Climb the Tour so why not tick a few more peaks off your bucket list this year?
Whether you want to tackle the mountains at the same time as the pro’s or challenge your cycling friends; Madonna Di Campiglio, Passo Castrin/Hofmanjoch and Col d'Izoard will definitely test your grit and determination for conquering some of the hardest and most renowned Italian climbs.
Giro d’Italia 2020 S17 - Madonna di Campiglio
Stage 17 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia will see the village of Madonna di Campiglio feature as the stage finish for the third time in La Corsa Rosa’s history.
Starting in Carisolo, the climb follows the river Sarca upstream for the first 2km before peeling off north east towards the ski resort finish. At 9.4km in length this climb will see riders gain 640m of elevation with a manageable average gradient of 6.7% that rarely reaches double digits after the very steep opening 200m.
Giro d’Italia 2020 S18 - Passo Castrin / Hofmandjoch
Alto Adige, Italy
Giro d’Italia 2020 Stage 18 features a colossal 5,400m of Alpine elevation gain over 207km squeezed into just four climbs.
Having started the stage uphill on Passo Campo Carlo Magno and ventured into the Val di Sole, riders will take a first ever pass of South Tyrol’s recently opened Passo Castrin / Hofmandjoch.
Starting west of Castefondo and finishing at 1,699m above sea level just west of Monte Sous, this Ortler Alps pass will see riders gain 802m of elevation over 8.6km as they head north towards Val d’Ultimo, enduring a gradient averaging over 9% and reaching more than 16% in places.
Giro d’Italia 2020 S20 - Col d'Izoard
Col d’Izoard will be the second biggest of four climbs featuring as Stage 20 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia crosses the Alps. This hors categorie monster will see riders gain 997m of elevation over 14km at an average gradient of 6.9%, topping out at 2,345m above sea level.
It’s 13 years since Col d’Izoard last made an appearance in La Corsa Rosa. But the famous climb is certainly no stranger to the Grand Tours - having featured regularly in the Tour de France since 1922, most recently in the 2019 edition. The climb made its debut as a stage finish two years earlier with Warren Barguil taking the honours.
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