Mortirolo Pass ( Italian: ) (el. 1852 m.) is a high Passo di Mortirolo mountain pass in the Alps in Italy. Also known as Passo di Foppa, it connects Mazzo di Valtellina and Val Camonica. The road from Mazzo di Valtellina is one of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, having been used in the Giro d'Italia stage race many times.
In May 2004, while training in
Italian Alps, Lance Armstrong said that it was the hardest climb he had ever ridden. [1 ]
Details of the climb [ edit ]
The mountain pass can be climbed by three roads, although the one from
Mazzo di Valtellina is the most famous and the only one climbed in Giro d'Italia so far.
Grosio: The actual climb to the summit starts at Grosio and is 14.8 kilometres long at an average of 8.3% (height gain: 1222 m). [3 ]
Edolo: The actual climb to the summit starts at Edolo and is 17.2 kilometres long at an average of 6.7% (height gain: 1153 m). [4 ]
Giro d'Italia [ edit ]
The Mortirolo Pass has been featured in
Giro d'Italia several times. The first time was in Stage 15 of 1990 Giro d'Italia, between Morbegno and Aprica, using the road from Mazzo di Valtellina.
Marco Pantani died in early 2004, stages of the Giro that go over Mortirolo feature a special prize to the first man at the top of the pass called Cima Pantani. A monument to deceased Marco Pantani was erected in 2006 by the Italian Professional Riders Association in the eighth kilometer of the road from Mazzo di Valtellina. [5 ]
First rider passing Mortirolo in Giro d'Italia [ edit ]
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