Graziano Battistini, Passo dello Stelvio, Giro d’Italia 1965

Graziano Battistini, Passo dello Stelvio, Giro d'Italia 1965

Graziano Battistini, Passo dello Stelvio, Giro d’Italia 1965 (photo: gazzetta.it)

Passo dello Stelvio was first included in the Giro d’Italia route in 1953 and Fausto Coppi was the first rider atop it.

The first Cima Coppi prize, at the 20th stage of the 1965 Giro, won by the Italian rider Graziano Battistini of Vittadello team. The stage finish was planned to be atop Stelvio, but due to an avalanche, the road has been blocked and the riders had to dismount and run with their bikes to the finish line.

The winner of 1965 Giro was the Italian rider Vittorio Adorni of Salvarani team. Before the Stelvio stage, Adorni was 11 minutes 26 seconds ahead of second-place Italo Zilioli, so he raced defensively.

M. Özgür Nevres

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