Icons of cycling: Blockhaus

Eddy Merckx’s first Grand Tour stage win came on the Giro’s first ever ascent of the southern Italian climb

Danilo Di Luca, Denis Menchov, Lance, Armstrong and Franco Pellizotti at the 2009 Giro d'Italia (Credit: Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Words by: Giles Belbin

Making its name from a fortress built on its summit in 1860, Blockhaus is a tough climb in the Abruzzo region that has played a big part in shaping Giro d’Italia history despite being used sparingly — 2017 will only be the seventh time the race has visited the climb, also known as Passo Lanciano, since it was first used 50 years ago.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.