Colle del Ponte di Merlo

Finale Ligure, Italy

The Colle del Ponte di Merlo is a col with a length of 8 kilometer. This is a category 2 col. It is located in Finale Ligure, Liguria, Italy. The average grade of this col is 6.3% with a maximum of 7.6%. The Colle del Ponte di Merlo ascents from 8 meter at the start, to 511 meter at the top, with a total of 503 ascending meters.


Colle del Ponte di Merlo Profile


Distance 8 km
Elevation gain 503 m
Average grade 6.3 %
Maximum grade 7.6 %
Climb category 2
Minimum elevation 8 m
Maximum elevation 511 m

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The course of the 1965 Milan-San Remo was changed due to work on the coast road, the via Aurelia, between Finale and Pietra Ligure. The race went over the 500m high Colle del Ponte di Merlo (better known as "Melongo"), going to the village of Magliolo, for a total of 8 km of climbing with a technical and demanding descent. Despite an 'unfavourable' outcome for the sprinters (the Dutchman Arie den Hartog won after a breakaway of three) the experiment was not repeated.

- Milano - Sanremo 1965