21km / 1,540m+ · Sunday 22nd September
After sizing up the climb during their descent on Stage One, you should be suitably acquainted with the famous Passo Stelvio. As the second highest paved climb in the Alps at 2,758m, it will take 21 kilometres of climbing to reach the summit after rolling down the time trial start ramp in Bormio.
Whilst the climb is relatively steady, with an average of 7% and a maximum of 12% gradient, it is a long grind up to the summit. There is a slight plateau 6km from the summit, where the slope lessens to 3-4% and provides an opportunity to refuel and gather your strength. You’ll need it for the final steeper part of the climb, which is often described as the toughest part – especially due to the combined effect of altitude and tired legs.
Crossing the line atop Cima Coppi, bask in the huge sense of accomplishment having conquered one of the biggest mountains in all of cycling! Descend back to the Closing Ceremony and luncheon at the Race Village in Bormio to celebrate your achievement and three great days at Haute Route Stelvio.