Hugo Koblet, “Pédaleur de charme“, and Fausto Coppi, “Il Campionissimo”, two post-war era giants. They were good friends, until the Giro d’Italia 1953 edition. After that Giro, they would never speak to each other again. But, what happened?
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Giro d’Italia 2017, the 100th edition of the race will start on May 5, Friday in Alghero, a town in northwestern Sardinia, next to the Mediterranean Sea. The route is completely in the borders of Italy. The iconic Passo dello Stelvio (Stelvio Pass) is the 2017 Cima Coppi. The final stage will be a time trial, from the famous Monza racetrack to the Milan Cathedral.
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Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia 2014 is a 139 km high mountain stage from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello (Martelltal). It is this years’ Cima Coppi stage.
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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.
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Stage 19 of Giro d’Italia 2013 edition is a High Mountain stage with summit finish, between Ponte di Legno and Val Martello. The length of the course is 138 kilometers, short but tough. The route also contains epic climbs of Passo Gavia (3618 m) and Passo dello Stelvio (2758 m).
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