Passo Dello Stelvio
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