84km / 3, 270m+ (+21km descent to the village) · Friday 20th September
Stage 1 of Haute Route Stelvio will give you a great sense for why Bormio is often described as one of the most beautiful cycling destinations in Italy. With 3,300m of climbing over just 84km, there is no hanging around as you head out of the valley and make your way up the first climb of Passo Umbrail. The Umbrail follows the same road as the Passo Stelvio for the first 18 kilometres, before branching left 3km before the summit. After completing the first climb of the day, enjoy the descent as you cross over the border into Switzerland and settle into a flatter section of the course around the mountain towards the north side of the Stelvio. The final climb of the day starts relatively gently for the first 8km, and then rarely drops below 8% from then onwards. Riders should be careful to pace themselves up this climb; there’s a tough final 1.5km stretch that averages over 9.5% at an altitude of over 2,000m above sea level.
Timing for the stage ends at the summit of the Stelvio, so you can enjoy the views and spend some time at the top of the mountain, then cruise down the road on the south side to return to the Race Village in Bormio.