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Passo Dello Stelvio

She is called the Queen of the Alps, and that is entirely justified. The Passo Dello Stelvio (2760 meters) is the on a highest asphalted mountain pass in the Alps, majestic located in the Stelvio National Park. For riders who reach the top, there is not only the eternal fame, but also sensational views of the ortheal massif with the Madatschgletsjer and the Ortler itself. All around peaks with eternal snow and down the mountain valley Valle di Trafoi. There are signs that people in the Bronze Age (from 3000 to 800 BC) attracted about the Stelvio, but it took until the beginning of the 19eCentury before a road was laid. When the Habsburg monarchy at the end of the Neapolitan war The Italian province Lombardy got as compensation for lost area, Wild Emperor Ferdinand I A road connection between Tirol and the new region (with Milan), not least from military considerations. It took the ridges of 2500 workers for five years, but in 1825 the 49-kilometer road, which overcomes 3400 height meters, could be opened.
The mountain pulled alpinists, artists, writers, tourists, skiers and cyclists of course. Especially since Fausto Coppi in the penultimate stage of the Giro of 1953. It was the first time that the cyclist caravan climbed 'the roof of the round'. Coppi, Pink Truidrager Hugo Koblet too strong and waiting herself for the final victory until the Swiss commissioned a blunder. Completely unnecessary Koblet under the escaped Nino Dilippis, a rider from Turin. Hugo Koblet overested his powers and was taken into account a little later and left behind by the old Campionissimo Coppi, who buried the Stelvio. At the finish he had a 3-minute lead 28. That was enough to win his fifth Giro the next day. That and the storming of the Stelvio was one of the last major transactions of the legendary Coppi. In the history of the Tour of Italy, the Stelvio was only climbed ten times, but in almost all cases the mountain provided decisive shifts in the ranking. Like in 1980 when an Italian combine costs at all costs that Bernard Hinault won Hún Giro won. Him was driven on the morning of the climb of the Stelvio he was surrounded by seven Italians as number 2 in the toptien, including leader Panizza, Battaglin, Moser and Saronni. Smart if he was, the Frenchman sent three teammates to the first escape and when he himself dragged hard on the head of snow, one Italian hit it after the other Italian. The pink sweater also had to fit in fireplace pin 34 (out of 48!).

Wladimiro Panizza had no eye for the grassy mountain meadows, the stream that flows quickly through the valley, the gnarled and curved spruce along the road and the view of 2189 meters, if all hairpin bends can be seen at a glance. The Italian definitively lost the giro of 1980 and only saw black snow.

In the descent of the Stelvio, Hinault came to his teammate Jean-Réné Bernaudeau, who had a reputation as a Daler. In the sink to Bormio Reed Bernaudeau according to Hinault as a possessed: "He didn't even use his brakes in the tunnels, crazy!" They won minutes. It supplied Bernaudeau the stage victory, Hinault his first of three girozeges. Was the road over the Stelvio a hundred years ago roughly held by snow scoops (of flesh and blood), since 1959 the mountain pass is close from the end of October to the beginning of May. And even then it happens that the stelvio is still taken from the Giro schedule by heavy snowfall (or bad weather), such as in 1988, 1991 and 2013. In 1984 that happened, but then other things played a role. The Italians were terrified that another Frenchman went to win the Giro and wrecked climbing, officially because the Stelvio was impassable by snow.

With photos from the top where barely snow lay, Fignon showed that this was nonsense. It just didn't want the Italians that he, a good climber, darling Francesco Moser put on an unbridgeable backlog. The organization was not to disgrace and in the time trial a few days later, Moser won the Giro. In the final ranking he had a look at Laurent Fignon for more than a minute. Recording the mythical mountain in the course of the Tour of Italy remains a risk due to the height and snowfall in the spring. But when the Passo Dello Stelvio climbed by the pros, it is always a memorable day, just like it is for the brave amateurs and enthusiasts who dare the climb. "The highest blessing for a touring cyclist" called a friend. (He was very well trained, I have to say that.) -Wiep idzenga

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