Three years after a torrid snowstorm wreaked havoc on the descending peloton, Italy’s cycling classic will return to one of its most fabled locations. Yes, for the first time since the controversy-plagued 2014 race, the Passo dello Stelvio is back in the Giro d’Italia.
Considered among the greatest passes in the world, Passo dello Stelvio was designed by Italian engineer Carlo Donegani, and it took 2,500 men to build the Stelvio over five years. The pass opened in the 1820s as a way for Austria’s Franz Joseph I to travel from Vienna to Milan. Since World War One the pass remains closed in winter.