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Giro d'Italia 2014

Date range:
May 9 - June 1
  • Giro d'Italia, ITA, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      21.7km
      Start location:
      Belfast
      End location:
      Belfast
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      219km
      Start location:
      Belfast
      End location:
      Belfast
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Armagh
      End location:
      Dublin
    • Rest Day

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      112km
      Start location:
      Giovinazzo
      End location:
      Bari
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      203km
      Start location:
      Taranto
      End location:
      Viggiano
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      257km
      Start location:
      Sassano
      End location:
      Montecassino
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      211km
      Start location:
      Frosinone
      End location:
      Foligno
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      179km
      Start location:
      Foligno
      End location:
      Montecopiolo
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Lugo
      End location:
      Sestola
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Modena
      End location:
      Salsomaggiore
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      249km
      Start location:
      Collecchio
      End location:
      Savona
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      41.9km
      Start location:
      Barbaresco
      End location:
      Barolo (ITT)
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Fossano
      End location:
      Rivarolo Canavese
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Agliè
      End location:
      Oropa
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      225km
      Start location:
      Valdengo
      End location:
      Montecampione
    • Rest Day 3

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      139km
      Start location:
      Ponte di Legno
      End location:
      Val Martello/Martelltal
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      208km
      Start location:
      Sarnonico
      End location:
      Vittorio Veneto
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      Belluno
      End location:
      Rif. Panarotta
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      26.8km
      Start location:
      Bassano del Grappa
      End location:
      Cima Grappa (ITT)
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      167km
      Start location:
      Maniago
      End location:
      Monte Zoncolan
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Gemona
      End location:
      Trieste
  • Race history

May 27, Stage 16: Ponte di Legno - Val Martello/Martelltal 139km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 16, 2014, 20:22 BST,
Updated:
May 13, 2014, 11:05 BST

May 27, 2014 - Ponte di Legno - Val Martello/Martelltal, 139 km

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LOCAL HERO
Gilberto Simoni, winner in 2001 and 2003, can legitimately claim to be the finest Giro rider of the 21st century. However when one thinks of Trentino cycling, it's impossible to look beyond the Moser family. Big brother Aldo wore pink in 1956, and rode sixteen giri all told. Enzo took up the cudgels next, and he too spent two days in the maglia rosa, in 1964. The third brother, Diego, rode it four times, the last in 1974. That year Francesco made his debut, and he'd become one of the biggest stars in the sport. He won over 270 professional races, including the legendary Giro of 1984.

Diego and Francesco work in the family vineyard these days, but their respective sons look set to carry on the great tradition. Diego's oldest, Leonardo was a pro', and huge things are expected of Moreno. He's already proved himself a big winner, and a big performance at the Giro is surely just around the corner. Francesco's youngest, the gentle giant Ignazio, started out last season with BMC. Though it's early days, he may well develop into one seriously strong classics specialist.

SEE, HEAR, FEEL...
The Valtellina was earmarked as Mussolini's last stand. As the allies crashed through Piedmont and Milan, his generals proposed the area, heavily fortified from WWI, as his best chance of refuge. The idea was that 50,000 loyal blackshirts would follow him, and he harboured the (deluded) notion that the Dolomites were a worthy backdrop place for a great general's last battle. The Germans opposed it however, because area was a partisan stronghold. The plan stalled, and ultimately he never made it. He was captured on 27 April 1945 at Dongo, on the north-western edge of Lake Como.

MOMENT IN TIME
The Passo di Gavia's Giro debut, back in 1960, very nearly didn't happen at all. Snow covered the mountain until just a couple of days before, and plans were in place to reroute the stage. Thankfully the route was cleared in the nick of time, and Imerio Massignan's heroic solo effort that day has become one of the most emblematic of all time.

That Giro had belonged to Jacques Anquetil. In the 68 kilometre time trial at Lecco he hammered almost seven minutes into Charly Gaul, nine into Massignan. So strong was he that by rights 51 riders ought to have been sent packing that night, but that would have meant a peloton of just 53 headed into the final week. The jury raised the time limit from 12 per cent to 20, claiming it had been too windy. As such all but three of the lucky bleeders were given a stay of execution, and compelled to ride up… The Passo Gavia.

SCINTO SAYS
It's what the Giro is all about, and Gavia and Stelvio are amongst the most mythical climbs of the race. People always talk about Fausto Coppi, Andy Hampsten, all those exploits, but we shouldn't forget that it's the mountains themselves that create the racing.

There are all sorts of arguments about climbing Gavia and Stelvio first and finishing on Val Martello. It's less famous, but I don't see it as an issue. Gavia and Stelvio will still have a profound effect on the stage, and also on the race itself. It'll be a great day anyway, and it's probably going to tell us who will win the Giro. While you watch it, though, spare a thought for the poor sprinters. For them just getting to the finish is a mammoth undertaking. In a word: pain…


2014 Giro d'Italia map for stage 16
2014 Giro d'Italia profile for stage 16