Colle delle Finestre

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Colle delle Finestre
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Elevation 2,178 m (7,146 ft)
Location Piemonte, Italy
Range Alps
Coordinates 45°04′18.49″N 7°03′12.48″E / 45.0718028°N 7.0534667°E / 45.0718028; 7.0534667Coordinates: 45°04′18.49″N 7°03′12.48″E / 45.0718028°N 7.0534667°E / 45.0718028; 7.0534667
Colle delle Finestre is located in Alps
Colle delle Finestre
Colle delle Finestre
Location of Colle delle Finestre.

Colle delle Finestre (el. 2178 m.) is a mountain pass in the Cottian Alps, in the Italian region of Piemonte, Italy, linking the Susa Valley and Val Chisone. The road was built around 1700 to gain access to the fortresses in the area, mainly the Forte di Fenestrelle.

The road is very popular for both cyclists and motorbikes with magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges, it serves as a tourist attraction however be aware that around 8 kms of road leading to the summit from the Susa end while being a decent road has not been asphalted. From Susa the mountain pass is 18.6 kilometres long at an average of 9.1% (height gain: 1694 m), the maximum gradient being 14%.

Giro d'Italia[edit]

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2005 19 1 Savigliano Sestriere  Danilo Di Luca (ITA)
2011 20 1 Verbania Sestriere  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
2015 20 Cima Coppi Saint-Vincent Sestriere  Mikel Landa (ESP)

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