Giro d'Italia could 'lick the craters' of Mount Etna with higher 2,860m summit finish atop volcano

The climb's inclusion would make it the highest-ever summit finish at the Italian Grand Tour

Grand Tours are already mystical, fascinating beasts, but what about adding in a climb that goes to 2,860m of altitude, requires a bike change halfway up, has a maximum gradient of 24 per cent, and would need drones to act as TV cameras?

One Italian engineer, Fabio La Ferla, believes he's found a way to get the Giro d'Italia to the top of Mount Etna, close enough to "lick the craters", and become the new highest mountain-top finish the Italian Grand Tour has ever seen, just eclipsing the Stelvio's 2,758m of altitude.

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