One of the most iconic climbs and perhaps the most photographed, the Stelvio Pass is truly the stuff of legends. At 2,750m this is a punishing summit ascent, snowcapped for most of the year and with 48 hairpin bends on the eastern side of the pass (pictured above and our home page). It was climbed in the 1953 Giro by Fausto Coppi and bears his monument on top. In the 1965 Giro d'Italia it was the first summit where the Cima Coppi classification was introduced which was a doubling of mountain classification points for the first rider to the top, in honour of one of the most iconic riders of all time Il Campionissimo (the Champion of Champions). More information at the excellent INRNG.