Ivrea is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and the area is inhabited since the Neolithic era. These days the townspeople love to fight each other with oranges during the Battle of the Oranges, an old ritual of Ivrea Carnival. They also love to watch the Giro d’Italia, but is has been a while since the Italian Grand Tour visited the town in northwestern Italy. The last inclusion was in 2013, when Beñat Intxausti bested Tanel Kangert and Przemyslav Niemiec in a three-up sprint.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia will see a race start in Nivrea before the riders head to Como. Firstly, the route crosses the Po Plain – so it’s mostly flat – but the last 100 kilometres are something else. The Giro takes the shape of Il Lombardia when the race approaches Asso. Via Valbrona the riders drop down to Onno and following a section on the shores of Lago di Como the renowned Madonna del Ghisallo appears. It climbs 8.6 kilometres at 6.2%, yet this average is merely an indication. The Ghisallo welcomes the riders with its steepest section of 14% right at the bottom and until kilometre 4 the grades are hovering around 9%. Then it levels out only to bounce back to 8 to 10% in the last 1.3 kilometres.
Next up is the Colma di Sormano. In Il Lombardia this is the prelude to the inhumanly steep Muro di Sormano, but the Giro follows the regular road to the summit at 1,124 metres. This way the climb is 9.6 kilometres and averaging 6.5%.
Following a beautiful drop to Nesso, the riders turn left and race along the shores of Lago di Como. The route moves through Como for the first time before the final lap takes in two climbs. First the Civiglio, which is a 4.2 kilometres climb at 9.8% with steepest ramps of 14%. The descent is technical and leads to the foot of the San Fermo della Battaglia. The 2.7 kilometres climb at 7.2% offers its steepest ramp at 10% just under the top. The leg concludes with a 5.3 kilometres downhill.
The 2015 and 2017 Tour of Lombardy featured the exact same finale. On both occasions Vincenzo Nibali attacked just before the descent of the Civiglio and soloed to victory.
Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 15: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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Route and profile final 101 km
Detail Madonna del Ghisallo
Details Civiglio klim
Detail San Fermo della Battagli