This tour includes the ascent of the Stelvio Pass from the lesser known Swiss side, which was also tackled during the 2017 Tour of Italy.
Starting from Livigno, after riding along the lakeside to the Munt la Schera Tunnel, a shuttle bus will take us to the other side.
Here the first climb of the day, which is relatively easy, will take us to the Forno Pass (2149 m), followed by a very long descent through the Val Müstair Valley to the beautiful village of Santa Maria.
Time for a coffee and then we set off for the real climb of the day. We immediately face a very steep stretch, with inclines of 12%, before a succession of hairpin bends that will take us up the Umbrail Valley where, after an uphill section of 13 km, we will reach the homonymous Pass at an altitude of 2500 m. But it is not over yet, because another 3.6 km separate us from the summit to reach our "Cima Coppi", the Stelvio Pass at an altitude of 2758 m. We will therefore have to be very skilful in distributing our energy along the 16.6 km and 1380 m of total altitude gain.
Once we reach the top, we can enjoy a light lunch (not too heavy because Livigno is still far away!) before heading downhill towards Bormio. The descent is not demanding, we'll just 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, where the last climb of the day will begin, 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.