The iconic Col du Galibier climb will feature in the 2013 edition of the Giro d’Italia, the race’s organiser RCS Sport confirmed on Thursday.
A 150-kilometre 15th stage will start in Cesana Torinese in the Italian Alps before hitting the Col du Moncenis, followed by the Col du Telegraphe and finishing on the Galibier at 2,642 metres above sea level in France. It’s the first time that the Galibier has been included in the Corsa Rosa of the Giro.
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The riders will pass the Marco Pantani memorial stone that marks the spot where the Italian launched an attack in the 1998 Tour de France four kilometres from the summit that ultimately saw him win the race overall. Pantani died in 2004, aged 34.
Speculation on the exact route of the 2013 Giro has been rife in recent weeks ahead of the official launch of the complete route on September 30. Last week, Cycling Weekly reported on the likely inclusion of the Galibier.