The undisputed King, the Stelvio Pass, from its most epic side, the Alto Adige side of Prato Stelvio. A climb that is cycling history, with various appearances in the Tour of Italy (the first in 1965), becoming "Cima Coppi", i.e. the highest point covered during the stage race.
Starting from Livigno, we will ride along the lakeside to the Munt La Schera tunnel, which we will cross with the help of a shuttle bus. Once we reach the opposite side, the first ascent of the day will take us to the Forno Pass (2149 m). A pedalable climb, of less than 10 km with a little more than 400 m of height gain, followed by a very long descent through the Val Müstair Valley which will take us to Glorenza.
Here a flat stretch will lead us to Prato Stelvio, time for a coffee then we set off for the real climb of the day.
The first 8 km are easy to pedal with a moderate incline. Then, a practically flat stretch will take us to the first of the 48 hairpin bends, each one numbered right to the top.
Once we reach Trafoi, the road becomes steep and here we will have the most important inclines (up to 16%).
The view of Mount Ortles will keep us company during our last efforts to reach the 2758 m of the Stelvio Pass, allowing us to fully enjoy the panorama, a unique environment with its peaks and glaciers.
At the pass we’ll take the opportunity of having a light lunch and, after the obligatory photos, we head for Bormio.
The descent is not demanding, we will only have to pay attention in the tunnels, especially if it’s a day with a lot of traffic.
Once we reach Bormio, we will cover a flat stretch to reach Isolaccia to face the last climb of the day, something not to underestimate given the effort sustained on the Stelvio Pass. It is divided into two parts: the main one, of 15 km to reach the Foscagno Pass (2290 m), followed by a descent of 4 km and then the last stretch of 3 km that will lead us to the Eira Pass (2210 m).
The last 6 km of descent will take us back to Livigno.