Colle Fauniera di Pantani, from Giro U23 to cyclists: two days full of bikes

Today the sixth and penultimate stage of the young Giro arrives at 2480 meters above sea level. On Saturday from 9 to 14 the closure of the three sides of the ascent to motorized traffic: all the information

23 years have passed since that Saturday 29 May 1999 in which, climbing from the side of the Grana Valley, Marco Pantani took to baptism with his brow at the head of the race the Colle Fauniera, a climb that became a real totem for cyclists from all over the world. The Pirate was then picked up and passed downhill by Paolo Savoldelli, who won that stage. In this red-hot spring epilogue, the Cuneo climb will be the epicenter of an intense two days cycling: today the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia Under 23 will reach the 2,481 meters of the Colle, probably decreeing the winner of the edition which will close 24 hours. later in Pinerolo, and on Saturday 18th the climb will be closed to traffic from the slopes of the Maira, Grana and Stura valleys.

under 23 ride

After the success of Pinzolo and the feat of Santa Caterina Valfurva, will 20-year-old Englishman Leo Hayter (Hagens Berman Axeon) try to put the seal with another solo on Colle Fauniera? Today the climb will be tackled from the side of the Grana Valley, the same as in the Giro 1999. The terrain to show off his skills as a climber will certainly not be lacking, especially after Campolino, when the slopes will steepen well over 10%, with a peak of 15% in correspondence with the church of San Bernardo in Menton. The data relating to this last part of the ascent are unequivocal: 14.5 km with an altitude difference of 1,340 meters and an average gradient of 9.2%. The stage will start from Boves and will reach the finish line after 110.7 km and 2900 meters in altitude.

legendary climb

On Saturday 18 June, from 9 to 14, Colle Fauniera will be closed to motorized traffic to allow cyclists to climb in total safety from the three sides of the Maira, Grana and Stura valleys. The event, which is part of Legendary Climbing, will be free and the departures will be in the French way (free), between 9 and 11. For those who face the ascent from the side of Val Maira, the meeting point will be in Marmora near from the tourist office; cyclists who will ascend from the Grana Valley will meet at the sports facilities of Pradleves, while those who will climb the Fauniera from the side of the Stura Valley will start from Piazza Spada a Demonte. All cyclists who register at the meeting points provided will receive a commemorative tag to be placed on their bicycle. At the end of the climb there will be refreshments at high altitude, free for all.

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