Alpe Motta, in Valchiavenna, is the finish of the 20th stage of the Giro d'Italia
The ties between the Giro d’Italia and the province of Sondrio go from strength to strength: building on the huge success of 2020’s summit finish at the Laghi di Cancano, this year will witness the finish of Stage 20, which runs from Verbania - Valle Spluga - Alpe Motta.
From the start in Verbania, the stage crosses the Swiss border at San Bartolomeo to take on the Passo del San Bernardino (2.065 m). From here, riders first descend towards Splügen before climbing the Passo dello Spluga (2.117 m). Once they’ve summited and crossed back into Italy, they’ll descend towards Campodolcino, via the Provinciale n.1 to Isola before looping steeply back up the mountainside on the mythical older road - a feat of high-Alpine engineering by Donegani - past Madesimo to the finish in Alpe Motta.
Classified with 5-star difficulty, it may well be a decisive stage in the 104th edition of the Corsa Rosa.