The 16th stage of the race will be the most difficult of the Giro: a gigantic stage through the Dolomites, with 212 km and an elevation gain of 5,700 m. After the start at Sacile, the athletes will climb the Crosetta Pass to reach the plateau of the Cansiglio. After descending to the towns of Belluno and Agordo, they will face the challenge of three legendary Dolomite Passes: the Fedaia, aside Mount Marmolada, the Pordoi (Cima Coppi) and the Giau, from which the final descent will take them to the finish line in Cortina d’Ampezzo.This incredible climb in the Dolomites is expected to be one of the decisive stages of the race.
With the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, the Giro d’Italia is one of the Grand Tours: the three major European professional cycling stage races. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1909. The route changes each year, whereas the format of the race stays the same, with at least two time trials, and a passage through the spectacular Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site.