Gavia Pass

Coordinates: 46°20′37″N 10°29′15″E / 46.34361°N 10.48750°E / 46.34361; 10.48750
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Gavia Pass
Passo del Gavia.jpg
The pass
Elevation2,621 m (8,599 ft)
Traversed bySS 300
LocationSondrio/Brescia, Italy
Coordinates46°20′37″N 10°29′15″E / 46.34361°N 10.48750°E / 46.34361; 10.48750
Gavia Pass is located in Alps
Gavia Pass
Gavia Pass
Location of Gavia Pass

Gavia Pass (Italian: Passo di Gavia) (el. 2621 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Italian Alps. It is the tenth highest paved road in the Alps.

The pass lies in the Lombardy region and divides the province of Sondrio to the north and the province of Brescia to the south. The road over the pass (SS 300) connects Bormio to the northwest with Ponte di Legno to the south and is single track most on its southern section.

Climbing around Gavia Pass[edit]

There are many peaks to climb around. Directly above the pass on its east side is Corno dei Tre Signori (3360 m) and next to it Monte Gaviola (3025). On the other side of the road raises Monte Gavia (3223 m). By continuing along the road in the direction of Bormio, after less than 3 km, one arrives at the monument from where routes start for the Punta San Matteo (3678 m) group. The group includes Pizo Tresero (3594 m), Punta Pendranzini (3599), Cima Dosegu (3560) and several others.


There are several huts around. Rifugio Bonetta is directly on the Pass, and very close to the monument is Rifugio A. Berni. High in the mountains one finds Bivacco Seveso at 3398 m, directly below the summit of Tresero. Yet another refuge below Cima di val Umbrina (3220) is Bivacco Battaglione Ortles at 3122 m.

Giro d'Italia[edit]

The Gavia Pass is often on the route of the Giro d'Italia road bicycle race and is sometimes designated the Cima Coppi, the highest point of the race. On 5 June 1988, the race passed over the Gavia in a snowstorm, making for an epic stage won by Erik Breukink. American Andrew Hampsten, the second-place finisher, became the overall race leader and went on to win the Giro.

Appearances in Giro d'Italia (since 1960)[edit]

Year Stage Category Start Finish Leader at the summit
2014 16 HC Ponte di Legno Val Martello (Martelltal)  Robinson Chalapud (COL)
2010 20 Cima Coppi Bormio Passo del Tonale  Johann Tschopp (SWI)
2008 20 Cima Coppi Rovetta Tirano  Julio Alberto Pérez Cuapio (MEX)
2006 20 Cima Coppi Trento Aprica  Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP)
2004 18 Cima Coppi Cles Bormio  Vladimir Miholjević (CRO)
1999 21 Cima Coppi Madonna di Campiglio Aprica  Chepe González (COL)
1996 21 Cima Coppi Cavalese Aprica  Hernán Buenahora (COL)
1988 14 Cima Coppi Chiesa in Valmalenco Bormio  Johan van der Velde (NED)
1960 20 Trento Bormio  Charly Gaul (LUX)


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