The climb in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy has never been graced by the Giro d’Italia, mainly because it is a dead-end. The pass peaks at an altitude of 2,612 metres, yet the Giro stops at 2,247 metres. Which is hard enough with an average gradient 5.9%, a steepest ramp of 14%, and a distance of 20.3 kilometres.
The race start in Pinerolo and the Colletta de Cimiana is included as a warm-up climb with its peak at kilometre 16.6. The route continues to the foot of Colle del Lys. Beginning at kilometre 35, the ascent amounts to 14 kilometres while the average gradient is 7%.
The Lys was included in last year’s Jafferau stage, in which Chris Froom launched his winning attack on the maglia rosa, but tackled from another side. In fact, the side that is now a sheer endless descent to the Pian del Lupo.
The second climb is tough. Its steepest ramp at 14% is hidden somewhere in a 2.5 kilometres section with an average gradient of 11.2%, which starts 2.5 kilometres up the mountain. The Pian del Lupo totals 9.4 kilometres of torture and the average slope is 8.7%. The last kilometre is the easiest one as it rises at 5.5%.
The Pian del Lupo is crested with 62 kilometres out. The first 16 kilometres is a a downhill, the rest goes up. At first with fairly shallow gradients as the Nivolet tracks on the lower slopes along the edge of the Orco river. This section on non-classified, but it is far from flat either. Shortly after the riders move through Noasca (start of the official climb) a section at 10% appears and 4 kilometres up the mountain the ramp kicks up to 14%. This is just before a series of switchbacks hoists the riders away from the valley floor up the side of the mountain. The route climbs 3 kilometres at 8.7% before it flattens out for approximately 8 kilometres. The route moves through mountain village Ceresole Reale and heads to the grande finale. The last 6 kilometres of the final climb rise at 8.9%.
For those who have enough juice for a sprint at the top. The 100 metres run-in to the line slope at 3.7%.
Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 13: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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