Giro 2024 Route stage 16: Spondigna - Monte Pana

Giro d'Italia 2024Tuesday 21 May - The final week of the Giro d'Italia opens with a shortened stage of 118.4 kilometres with 1,800 metres of climbing. Following a flat first part, the race goes almost entirely uphill in the final 36 kilometres. The finish is situated atop the Monte Pana, with the last 2 kilometres ascending at over 10%.

[Due to bad weather, the course has been altered at the eleventh hour. The riders were supposed to start in Livigno for a 206 kilometres quest with 4,350 meters of elevation gain, but instead they will now depart from Spondigna.

It’s not the first change of plans. Orginally, the route would have included the Stelvio, but due to a hightenede risk of avalanches, it was decided last week that the Umbrail Pass would takes its place. The Umbrail Pass is a 16.7 kilometres toil with an average gradient of 7.1% to an elevation of 2,498 metres, which would have made it the Cima Coppi on this year’s Giro anyway.]

Long story short: No Stelvio, no Umbrail – the riders start in Spondigna and follow the Adige valley for tens of kilometres. Shortly after Bolzano, with 36 kilometres left to race, the route enters the first climb. The Passo Pinei totals 23.4 kilometres, with an average gradient of 4.7%. However, the first part and the last part are harder than that statistic suggests.

The Passo Pinei peaks out with 12 kilometres remaining. The first part is on descent before the roads begin to slope again. At first at moderate gradients, then 1.5 kilometres at 6.8%, false flat again, and then the brutal finale kicks in. The last 2 kilometres of Monte Pana rise at 11.8% to the line.

The second and third intermediate sprint come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds, while the first three riders on the line gain 10, 6 and 4 seconds.

Ride the route (uncludiding the Umbrail Pass) yourself? Download GPX 16th stage 2024 Giro d’Italia.

Another interesting read: results 16th stage 2024 Giro 2024.

Giro d’Italia 2024 stage 16: routes, profiles, videos

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