Tre Cime de Lavaredo

Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy

The Tre Cime de Lavaredo is a col with a length of 6.8 kilometer. This is a category 1 col. It is located in Auronzo Di Cadore, Veneto, Italy. The average grade of this col is 9.6% with a maximum of 13.3%. The Tre Cime de Lavaredo ascents from 1.783 meter at the start, to 2.305 meter at the top, with a total of 552 ascending meters.


Tre Cime de Lavaredo Profile


Distance 6.8 km
Elevation gain 552 m
Average grade 9.6 %
Maximum grade 13.3 %
Climb category 1
Minimum elevation 1783 m
Maximum elevation 2305 m

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Starting point Col Sant'Angelo.

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, probably the most mythical high end of the Giro despite having been ridden only 6 times, all of them in days that ended up being a prominent part in the history of the event. Located in the north of the province of Belluno, in the easternmost part of Veneto and very close to the Austrian border, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo are the most famous peaks of the Sesto Dolomites, the northeastern section of the Dolomites. To the south of these 3 peaks, which range from 2,999 m of altitude at Cima Grande to 2,857 m at Cima Piccola, is the Auronzo Refuge, where the stages of the Giro finish at the end of the tarmac.
The access road to the Auronzo Refuge starts from Misurina and the lake of the same name, with 6,8 km at 7.6 %. It should be noted that this average slope is very misleading since except for a very hard stretch to reach Lake Antorno, with 900 m to over 12%, in the first 3 km there is hardly any difference in level ... quite the opposite of the final wall: 4 km to almost 12% on average and maximum ramps of 18%, forming part of the list of the hardest km in competition, with a stretch of 1000 m to over 14%.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo has been climbed six times in the history of the Giro, being in all of them the highest peak of that edition except in 2007, when it was surpassed by the almost 2750 m of height of the impressive Colle dell'Agnello. It should be noted that in 1989 the Coppi summit scheduled was actually the Passo di Gavia, with an altitude of 2621 m, but the cancellation of the Santa Caterina de Valfurva stage prevented it from being climbed, leaving Tre Cime as the Coppi summit for that edition.

In 67, Gimondi won in the snow and in the lead of a very young Merckx, a stage that was later cancelled due to irregularities and pushes from the fans, causing great anger in the Italian cyclist. Finally, Gimondi took the first of his three Tours, just before Jacques Anquetil in his last Grand Tour, who finished 3rd after leading the race with two days to go and losing the race in Turin.

In 68, Merckx wins the stage, despite starting the climb with almost 10 minutes of disadvantage over a group of 12 runaways, and wears the maglia rosa, until the end of the Giro, getting his first absolute victory in a Grand Tour. An impressive exhibition of the "Cannibal", which shakes the foundations of a cycling that is not yet aware of the approaching dominator.

In 74, the brilliant Asturian climber José Manuel Fuente, "El Tarangu", achieved what would be his last great victory (and 5th stage victory in that Giro), while behind Merckx defended the overall lead against Baronchelli's attack by only 12″, finally obtaining his 5th and last Giro d'Italia, in a year in which he would also go down in history for achieving the "triple crown", by winning the Giro, Tour and World Cup.

In 81, stage victory for Beat Breu and leadership for Battaglin, who ended up crowning himself two days later as the winner of the general classification.

In 1989, Lucho Herrera took his first stage victory in a Giro d'Italia. "El Jardinerito" would later win the time trial to Monte Generoso, also winning the mountain grand prix. Fignon, who was 2nd in Tre Cime, was the favourite for the general classification, which he won in the end.

In 2007, a distant offensive by Saunier Duval, with Piepoli and Ricco in the break of the day, put a leading Di Luca on the chase, who managed to reduce his disadvantage on the Tre Cime climb with Eddy Mazzoleni, who had escaped from the Giau descent, to save the lead and secure the final victory.The stage victory was for the young Ricco (with Piepoli in 2nd place), in what seemed to augur a great race. Only a year later he teste positive in the Tour de France.

In 2013 the stage to Tre Cime di Lavaredo for the Sicilian Nibali had to be the crowning glory of his first overall victory in the Tour of his own country. Already in possession of a final victory in the Vuelta a España Nibali felt strengthened by the abandonment of Bradley Wiggins. That year he was the strongest rider uphill and on Tre Cime di Lavaredo Nibali put the crown on his work. In the snow he climbed to victory on this legendary mountain.

- Giro d'Italia 1967 - stage 19
- Giro d'Italia 1968 - stage 12
- Giro d'Italia 1974 - stage 20
- Giro d'Italia 1981 - stage 20
- Giro d'Italia 1989 - stage 13
- Giro d'Italia 2007 - stage 15
- Giro d'Italia 2013 - stage 20