Cima coppi included in the penultimate 20th stage, which contains three major climbs: Passo del Tonale (1,883 m), Passo Gavia (2,621 m), and Passo del Mortirolo (1,854 m). Ivan Basso (CSC) was comfortably leading the GC with 6 min 7 sec over Jose Enrique Gutierrez (Phonak).
Juan Manuel Garate, the Spanish climber of Quick Step team was first atop Gavia. He also won the previous stage a day before. But in this Giro, Ivan Basso was untouchable. He won the stage 1 min 17 sec ahead of Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval), who already won the Giro twice (2001, 2003) and nailed his first Giro victory with a large margin (9 min 18 sec over Gutierrez).
Garate finished 2006 Giro in 7th place, 24 min 26 sec behind Basso. (photo: pezcyclingnews.com)