21km | 1549M+ · 10th June
Day 3. Stage 3. Man versus Mountain.
The third and final stage of the inaugural Haute Route Stelvio is an individual time trial up the mighty Passo Stelvio. Having ridden up the majority of this climb, and descended it in its entirety on stage 1, riders will begin to recognise the hairpins and tunnels that make this ascent memorable. Heading down the time trial ramp in Bormio and through the town centre, a right hand turn onto the main road signals the start of the climb.
At 21.5km in length at an average of 7.1%, there is little time to warm up as the first couple kilometres already include sections above 8%. After passing through the narrow tunnels between kilometres 7 and 10 riders will be able to see the road snaking ahead of them across a wide-open and imposing mountain-face. The gradient remains relatively consistent throughout the first 18km, although there is a slight plateau 6km from the summit where you can recover and refuel before the final steeper section. Turning right 3km from the summit, the final part of this climb has no respite and averages 10.3%. Some will undoubtedly feel the effects of the altitude as they near the summit at 2758m above sea level. Crossing the finish line atop the Cima Coppi riders will be able to reflect on their achievements and revel in the glory of becoming finishers on the first edition of the Haute Route Stelvio.
The stage cols will be available soon
Bormio is a medieval town located in the Italian Alps at 1,225 meters above sea level.
It’s a popular winter sports resort, annually hosting the Alpine Ski World Cup on the legendary Stelvio slope.
In addition to modern skiing facilities, the town may properly be considered an all year round destination for the presence of several hot springs that have been tapped to provide water to three thermal baths.
Summer covers also a significant role in the local tourism industry. Every year thousands of cyclists reach the region to enjoy the countless passes around Bormio. Its streets, passes and peaks, in fact, now rightfully belong to the circle of the mythical big climbs of modern professional cycling and have made the history of the famous Giro d’Italia.
To climb the big passes like the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo is always a dream and a goal for enthusiastic road cyclists, who want to challenge themselves and their personal limits. Other Alta Valtellina climbs are popular and worth riding: for example, from Bormio to the Cancano lakes in Valdidentro, climbing by the Towers of Fraele; the ascent of the Bernina Pass from Tirano, the ascent from Bormio to Bormio 2000 and the road from Bormio to Livigno over Foscagno Pass and Eira Pass.
Bormio and the whole Alta Valtellina region are a paradise for mountain biking lovers, too. Immersed in the beautiful nature of the Stelvio National Park, you can choose among more than 372 miles (600 km) of trails of varying difficulty and beauty. For lovers of speed and adrenaline, you can challenge gravity on the downhill and freeride trails of the Bormio Bike Park while enduro enthusiasts can test themselves on the trails of S. Caterina Valfurva.
Sports have a key-impact when choosing Bormio as a holiday destination but it’s the well-being factor that makes the resort so trendy.
After an exciting and fulfilling day, visitors can relax in in the unique thermal spas.
This example of daily holiday routine is greatly summed up with one revealing and ultimate expression: “Bormio is the Wellness Mountain”.