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Next year's Giro d'Italia features stage finish on the Col du Galibier (+ video)

Big day's racing in prospect on Stage 15 as Italy's Grand Tour crosses the border into France...

Next year’s Giro d’Italia will cross the Alps into France for what will be one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the race, with Stage 15 heading over the border for a summit finish at 2,642 metres above sea level on the Col du Galibier.

The stage itself starts on Italian soil in Cesana Torinese, a few kilometres east of the French town of Briançon, and heads towards Susa, where the peloton will begin the ascent of the Colle del Moncenisio.

After crossing into France, the riders will descend through the Val D’Arc before riding through Saint
 Michel de Maurienne to tackle the Col du Télégraphe then Col du Galibier.

That was where Marco Pantani, the last man to win the Giro and Tour in the same year, sealed his 1998 Tour de France victory to complete that double.

The latter part of the stage tackles the same roads that were the site of one of the more memorable Tour de France stages in recent years, in 2011 when the Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier figured in the first half of a short but punchy 109-kilometre stage that finished on Alpe d’Huez.

Andy Schleck had attacked the previous day when the race finished on the Galibier, the ascent on that day from the opposite direction. The next day, Alberto Contador, who had only an outside chance of the overall, launched an attack that soon had the field split in pieces.

Thomas Voeckler lost the maillot jaune to Schleck that day, with his Europcar team mate Pierre Rolland, relieved of domestique duties mid-stage, taking the stage win on Alpe d’Huez.

Schleck’s tenure of the maillot jaune would be brief however – he lost it to Cadel Evans in the following day’s time trial in Grenoble, and it was the Australian who rode into Paris to claim cycling’s biggest prize the following day.

The full route of the 2013 Giro, which begins in Naples, will be announced in Milan a week on Sunday, the day after the final Monument of the season, La Lombardia.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Stumps | 11 years ago

If they put in a trip into France on a famous climb then hopefully the TdF organisers will repay them with a Grande Departe in the near future.  39

Gkam84 | 11 years ago

Because they don't have enough stupidly mental climbs in Italy they could use?  19

No Stelvio Pass in 2013 though  2

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