Stage 15 of Giro d’Italia 2013 edition is a High Mountain stage with summit finish. It will start from Cesana Torinese and finish at legendary Col du Galibier (from Valloire). The length of the course is 150 kilometers. The route also contains epic climbs of Col du Mont Cenis and Col du Télégraphe.
DATE: May 19 2013, Sunday
STAGE TYPE: High Mountain with Summit Finish
START-FINISH: Cesana Torinese (1345 m) > Col du Galibier (Valloire) (2642 m)
LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 150 km
The stage is starting in Italy and finishing in France.
There are 3 main climbs in the stage route, and all of them are in France:
- Col du Mont Cenis (59.5th km, 2095 m): starting at 33.8th kilometer near Susa (380 m). Riders will gain 1715 meters in 25.7 kilometers (average 6.7%). The peloton will pass the Italia-France border at 51st kilometer, with the elevation of 1728 meters.
- Col du Télégraphe (127.1st km, 1566 m): starting at 115.1st kilometer at St. Michel de Maurienne (718 m). Riders will gain 848 meters in 12 kilometers (average 7%, max. 11%).
- Col du Galibier (from Valloire) (150th km, 2642 m), Summit finish: starting at 132nd kilometer at Valloire (1405 m). Riders will gain 1237 meters in 18 kilometers (average 6.8%, max. 11%).
Cesana Torinese is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Turin in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 70 km west of Turin, on the border with France. (wiki)
Mont Cenis (Italian: Moncenisio) is a massif and pass (el. 2081 m / 6827 ft) in Savoie in France which forms the limit between the Cottian and Graian Alps.
The pass connects Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis in France in the northwest with Susa in Italy in the southeast. It was used as part of the border between the two countries until the 1947 Treaty of Paris, but is now located completely in France. (wiki)
Col du Télégraphe
Col du Télégraphe is a mountain pass in the French Alps situated above the Maurienne valley between the eastern end of the massif d’Arvan-Villards and the massif des Cerces. The pass links Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne to the north and Valloire to the south, as well as forming an access point to the col du Galibier via its north face. The route is often used during the ascent to Col du Galibier in the Tour de France, and is thus popular with cyclists. (wiki)
Col du Galibier
Col du Galibier (el. 2,645 metres (8,678 ft)) is a mountain pass in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps near Grenoble. It is the ninth highest paved road in the Alps and the sixth highest mountain pass. It is often the highest point of the Tour de France. (wiki)
Giro d’Italia will reach at the top of Galibier first time in history.
The Col du Galibier was first used in the Tour de France in 1911; the first rider over the summit was Emile Georget, who, with Paul Duboc and Gustave Garrigou were the only riders not to walk. The original summit was at 2556 m.; while the tunnel was closed from 1976 until 2002, the tour route went only over the pass closer to the mountain peak at 2645 m. In 2011, the Tour de France went through the tunnel for the first time during the 19th stage from Modane Valfréjus to L’Alpe d’Huez (Pierre Rolland won the stage). (wiki)