Passo dello Stelvio (Stelvio Pass) sign

Cima Coppi

The Cima Coppi is the summit with highest altitude reached by cyclists during the Giro d’Italia. It was established in 1965, five years after the death of the “Il Campionissimo” (champion of champions) Fausto Coppi.

Naturally, depending on the altitude profile of the Giro d’Italia, the Cima Coppi changes from year to year. The highest point of Cima Copi in history is Passo dello Stelvio (Stelvio Pass), which is 2758 meters. Passo dello Stelvio has been used in the 1972, 1975, 1980, 1994, 2005 and 2012 editions of Giro d’Italia. It was also expected in 1965 and 1988 editions, but in each case the course was modified due to weather conditions.

Fausto Coppi climbing Passo dello Stelvio
Fausto Coppi climbing Passo dello Stelvio (foto: http://cobblesandhills.com)

Cima Coppi History

The table of Cima Coppi history in Giro d’Italia and cyclist who passed the point first (Elevation in meters).

YEAR CIMA COPPI ELEV RIDER COUNTRY STAGE WINNER OVERALL WINNER
1965 Passo dello Stelvio 1906[1] Graziano Battistini Italy Flag Italy Graziano Battistini
Italy
Vittorio Adorni
Italy
1966 Passo Pordoi 2239 Eddy Merckx Belgium Flag Belgium Franco Bitossi
Italy
Gianni Motta
Italy
1967 Tre Cime di Lavaredo 2304 Felice Gimondi Italy Flag Italy Stage Canceled Felice Gimondi
Italy
1968 Tre Cime di Lavaredo 2304 Eddy Merckx Belgium Flag Belgium Eddy Merckx
Belgium
Eddy Merckx
Belgium
1969 Passo Sella 2214 Claudio Michelotto Italy Flag Italy Claudio Michelotto
Italy
Felice Gimondi
Italy
1970 Passo Pordoi 2239 Luciano Armani Italy Flag Italy Luciano Armani
Italy
Eddy Merckx
Belgium
1971 Grossglockner 2506 Pierfranco Vianelli Italy Flag Italy Pierfranco Vianelli
Italy
Gösta Pettersson
Sweden
1972 Passo dello Stelvio 2758 José Manuel Fuente Spain Flag Spain José Manuel Fuente
Spain
Eddy Merckx
Belgium
1973 Passo di Giau 2236 José Manuel Fuente Spain Flag Spain José Manuel Fuente
Spain
Eddy Merckx
Belgium
1974 Tre Cime di Lavaredo 2304 José Manuel Fuente Spain Flag Spain José Manuel Fuente
Spain
Eddy Merckx
Belgium
1975 Passo dello Stelvio 2758 Francisco Galdós Spain Flag Spain Francisco Galdós
Spain
Fausto Bertoglio
Italy
1976 Torri del Vajolet 2400 Andrés Gandarias Spain Flag Spain Andrés Gandarias
Spain
Felice Gimondi
Italy
1977 Valparola 2200 Faustino Fernández Ovies Spain Flag Spain Gianbattista Baronchelli
Italy
Michel Pollentier
Belgium
1978 Passo Valles 2033 Gianbattista Baronchelli Italy Flag Italy Gianbattista Baronchelli
Italy
Johan De Muynck
Belgium
1979 Passo Pordoi 2239 Leonardo Natale Italy Flag Italy Francesco Moser
Italy
Giuseppe Saronni
Italy
1980 Passo dello Stelvio 2758 Jean-René Bernaudeau France Flag France Jean-René Bernaudeau
France
Bernard Hinault
France
1981 Tre Cime di Lavaredo 2304 Beat Breu Switzerland Flag Switzerland Beat Breu
Switzerland
Giovanni Battaglin
Italy
1982 Col d’Izoard 2361 Lucien Van Impe Belgium Flag Belgium Giuseppe Saronni
Italy
Bernard Hinault
France
1983 Passo Pordoi 2239 Marino Lejarreta Spain Flag Spain Alessandro Paganessi
Italy
Giuseppe Saronni
Italy
1984 Passo Pordoi 2239 Laurent Fignon France Flag France Laurent Fignon
France
Francesco Moser
Italy
1985 Passo del Sempione 2005 Reynel Montoya Colombia Flag Colombia Francesco Moser
Italy
Bernard Hinault
France
1986 Passo Pordoi 2239 Pedro Muñoz Spain Flag Spain Johan van der Velde
Netherlands
Roberto Visentini
Italy
1987 Passo Pordoi 2239 Jean-Claude Bagot France Flag France Jean-Claude Bagot
France
Stephen Roche
Ireland
1988 Passo dello Stelvio 2758 [2] Andrew Hampsten
USA
1989 Passo di Gavia 2621 [3] Laurent Fignon
France
1990 Passo Pordoi
1st pass
2239 Maurizio Vandelli Italy Flag Italy Charly Mottet
France
Gianni Bugno
Italy
1990 Passo Pordoi
2nd pass
2239 Charly Mottet France Flag France Charly Mottet
France
Gianni Bugno
Italy
1991 Passo Pordoi
1st pass
2239 Franco Vona Italy Flag Italy Franco Chioccioli
Italy
Franco Chioccioli
Italy
1991 Passo Pordoi
2nd pass
2239 Franco Chioccioli Italy Flag Italy Franco Chioccioli
Italy
Franco Chioccioli
Italy
1992 Passo Pordoi 2239 Claudio Chiappucci Italy Flag Italy Franco Chioccioli
Italy
Miguel Indurain
Spain
1993 Passo Pordoi 2239 Miguel Indurain Spain Flag Spain Claudio Chiappucci
Italy
Miguel Indurain
Spain
1994 Passo dello Stelvio 2758 Franco Vona Italy Flag Italy Marco Pantani
Italy
Evgeni Berzin
Russia
1995 Colle dell’Agnello 2744 [2] Tony Rominger
Switzerland
1996 Passo di Gavia 2621 Hernan Buenahora Colombia Flag Colombia Ivan Gotti
Italy
Pavel Tonkov
Russia
1997 Passo Pordoi 2239 José Jaime González Colombia Flag Colombia José Luis Rubiera
Spain
Ivan Gotti
Italy
1998 Passo Sella 2214 Marco Pantani Italy Flag Italy Giuseppe Guerini
Italy
Marco Pantani
Italy
1999 Passo di Gavia 2621 José Jaime González Colombia Flag Colombia Roberto Heras Hernández
Spain
Ivan Gotti
Italy
2000 Colle dell’Agnello 2744 José Jaime González Colombia Flag Colombia Paolo Lanfranchi
Italy
Stefano Garzelli
Italy
2001 Colle Fauniera 2511 [4] Gilberto Simoni
Italy
2002 Passo Pordoi 2239 Julio Alberto Pérez Cuapio Mexico Flag Mexico Julio Alberto Pérez Cuapio
Mexico
Paolo Savoldelli
Italy
2003 Colle d’Esischie 2366 Fredy González Colombia Flag Colombia Dario Frigo
Italy
Gilberto Simoni
Italy
2004 Passo di Gavia 2621 Vladimir Miholjević Croatia Flag Croatia Damiano Cunego
Italy
Damiano Cunego
Italy
2005 Passo dello Stelvio 2758 José Rujano Venezuela Flag Venezuela Iván Parra
Colombia
Paolo Savoldelli
Italy
2006 Passo di Gavia 2621 Juan Manuel Gárate Spain Flag Spain Ivan Basso
Italy
Ivan Basso
Italy
2007 Colle dell’Agnello 2744 Yoann Le Boulanger France Flag France Danilo Di Luca
Italy
Danilo Di Luca
Italy
2008 Passo di Gavia 2621 Julio Alberto Pérez Cuapio Mexico Flag Mexico Emanuele Sella, Italy Alberto Contador, Spain
2009 Colle del Sestriere 2035 Stefano Garzelli Italy Flag Italy Danilo Di Luca
Italy
Denis Menchov
Russia
2010 Passo di Gavia 2618 Johann Tschopp Switzerland Flag Switzerland Johann Tschopp
Switzerland
Ivan Basso
Italy
2011 Passo di Giau 2236 Stefano Garzelli Italy Flag Italy Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Spain
Michele Scarponi
Italy
2012 Passo dello Stelvio 2758 Thomas de Gendt Belgium Flag Belgium Thomas de Gendt
Belgium
Ryder Hesjedal
Canada
2013 Passo dello Stelvio Tre Cime di Lavaredo 2758 2304[5] Vincenzo Nibali Italy Flag Italy Vincenzo Nibali, Italy Vincenzo Nibali, Italy
2014 Passo dello Stelvio 2758 Dario Cataldo Italy Flag Italy Nairo Quintana, Colombia Nairo Quintana, Colombia
2015 Colle delle Finestre 2178  Mikel Landa Spain Flag Spain Fabio Aru, Italy  Alberto Contador, Spain
2016 Colle dell’Agnello 2744 Michele Scarponi Italy Flag Italy Vincenzo Nibali, Italy Vincenzo Nibali, Italy

In 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2002, 2010, 2012, 2013 who passed the Cima Coppi first was also the stage winner (in another way, in 1966, 1967, 1977, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016 who passed the Cima Coppi first was not the stage winner).  In 1967, 1993 and 1998, who passed the Cima Coppi first was also the overall winner (1967 Felice Gimondi of Italy, stage canceled due to bad weather, 1993 Miguel Indurain of Spain, stage won by Claudio Chiappucci of Italy, 1998 Marco Pantani of Italy, stage won by Giuseppe Guerini of Italy). In 1968, 1991 and 2013, who passed the Cima Coppi first was also both the stage and overall winner (1968 Eddy Merckx of Belgium, 1991 Franco Chioccioli of Italy, 2013 Vincenzo Nibali of Italy).

NOTES

[1] Offset 800 m from the brow, due to avalanche.
[2] Unscaled because of snow.
[3] Stage canceled due to bad weather.
[4] Stage cancelled due to protests.
[5] The Passo dello Stelvio was planned as Cima Coppi, but the stage has been canceled due to bad weather.