The Croce d’Aune is a beautiful climb. Peaking at 1,015 metres, it certainly isn’t the longest climb in the world, yet it inspired Tullio Campagnolo in November 1927 to invent the rear derailleur that would revolutionize cycling. In freezing conditions he failed to remove the rear wheel of his bicycle during a race, which not only resulted in him losing the race, but also led him to develop the quick release skewer. Subsequently Campagnolo became one of the greatest legends in bicycle component invention and manufacture.
The final mountain stage of the 2019 Giro sets off in Feltre to take in intermediate climbs up the Cima Campo (18 kilometres at 6%), Passo Manghen (23 kilometres at 7% and ramps of up to 15%), and Passo Rolle (20 kilometres at 5%). The ultimate haul up on the Croce d’Aune and Monte Avena is 13.5 kilometres, while its average gradient is 6.3%. With gradients hovering around 10%, the last 1.5 kilometres before the summit are tailor made for mountain goats.
The Passo Croce d’Aune peaks at 1,015 meters and the race uses an extra climb to 1,225 metres to pep up the final pink jersey fight.
Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 20: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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