Stelvio Pass: a Giro d'Italia fan's guide

Our quick guide to the iconic Giro d'Italia climb of Lo Passo dello Stelvio

Hesjedal on Stelvio, Giro d'Italia 2012, stage 20
(Image credit: watson)

The Stelvio Pass featured in stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday, May 23. Here's a our quick guide to the iconic climb.

- 1825: Lo Passo dello Stelvio, or the Stelvio Pass opened because Austria's Franz Joseph I wanted a way from Vienna to Milan. It remained open year-around through 1915. Workmen who lived in houses distributed on the road kept it clean. Now, and since the WWI, the pass remains closed in the winter.

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