Passo dello Stelvio (Stelvio Pass)

Passo dello Stelvio (Stelvio Pass)

At an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level, Passo dello Stelvio (English: the Stelvio Pass) is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, just 13 m (43 ft) below France’s Col de l’Iseran (2,770 m /9,088 ft).

The Stelvio first featured in the Giro d’Italia in 1953, and Fausto Coppi was the first atop it (Coppi also won the stage and the 1953 Giro). It is also the highest point of Cima Coppi, the summit with highest altitude reached by cyclists during the Giro d’Italia, which was established in 1965, five years after the death of the “Il Campionissimo” (champion of champions) Fausto Coppi.

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