The first challenge is Passo Pordoi. The ascent begins in Canazei, arrival to stage 17, and leads to an elevation of 2,239 metres. The Pordoi is 11.8 kilometres at 6.7%. The pass is a paragon of steadiness, especially from kilometre 3 onwards. The first part is the easiest bit, despite a steepest sector at 9%.
The second climb, Passo Valparola, tells a similar story – 12.9 kilometres at 6.4%. Yet, the last kilometre is slightly steeper, featuring the steepest ramp of 14%.
Following the descent, the road goes quickly up again. The lower slopes of the Passo Gardena are the easiest with a 2.1% percentage for the first kilometre. The 9.3 kilometres climb is steady with grades at around 7%.
After cresting the Gardena a long drop of 40 kilometres is divided in two by the Passo di Pinei. At 4.35 kilometres this is a short and irregular climb. The middle section is toughest with ramps of up to 15% and an average percentage of 8.4%.
Descending 15 more kilometres the riders reach the valley and the fifth climb of the day awaits them. The ascent to Ortisei is 9 kilometres with 6.9% in average – a harsh task given the hard day in the saddle, especially since the steepest ramps are between 12 and 14%.
The famous music producer Giorgio Moroder was born in today’s arrival place.
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Climb details Passo Pordoi
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Climb details Passo Gardena
Climb details Passo di Pinei
Climb details Passo Pordoi in 3d
Climb details Passo Valparola in 3d
Climb details Passo Gardena in 3d
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Climb details climb to Pontives
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