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Route variation to stage 15, Manerba del Garda-Livigno


Keeping Alpine passes such as the Forcola di Livigno safe would be a huge cost. For this reason, the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Mobility of Graubünden (Switzerland) didn’t accept the passage of the race.


Therefore, the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia, Manerba del Garda – Livigno, is changed as follows: after climbing the Val Camonica, the race, having passed Edolo, instead of climbing towards Aprica turns towards the Mortirolo, which is climbed from the Monno side (maximum gradients only in the last kilometres at San Giacomo around 16%). The descent will be to Grosio and the climb up Valtellina to Bormio along the old road through Cepina. Climb of the Motte to Isolaccia followed by the ascent to the Foscagno Pass (14.6 km at 6.5%). After the short descent from Ponte del Rez (just before Trepalle), the route moves to the Eira pass, where the original route returns to the asphalt road along the Mottolino.

New route

High mountain stage with finish above 2000 m. Five climbs are overcome with only the interval of the Val Camonica whose ascent represents the only ‘breathing space’. The Lodrino climb is followed by the unprecedented Colle San Zeno whose descent is very long and demanding. The riders will reach Edolo to climb the Mortirolo from the Monno side and descend into Valtellina. Long climb to Bormio and, after Isolaccia Valdidentro, the ascent to Passo di Foscagno. After a quick descent, the Passo d’Eira will be tackled, with the last 2 km climbing up the Mottolino ski slope.

Final Kms

Last km uphill. The gradient changes dramatically 2 km from the finish after the Passo di Eira where the average gradient remains above 10% although the road has steep ramps interspersed with short, less steep sections. In the last km, the final ramp has gradients of up to 19% followed by a brief easing of the gradient and a further “step” that leads to the final straight of 50 m.

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