To celebrate the return of the Giro d'Italia, we're challenging you and your Wattbike Atom to conquer the climb. With prizes to be won along the way, you can tackle three key climbs if this year's parcours on The Hub. First up, the epic Colle Delle Finestre.
First featured in the 2005 Giro d’Italia, the Colle Delle Finestre doesn’t have the history of ascents like the Monte Grappa or the Passo Dello Stelvio. But in a relatively short time its gravel summit has become one of the most iconic images of the three Grand Tours.
Nestled between the border of Italy and France, the Finestre tops out at a gradient of 14%, averaging 9% over 18km. It’s by no means as brutal as other Giro greats (the Zoncolan, anyone?) but it’s the gruelling consistency of its slope that makes this such a feat to conquer.
Starting in the fields of Piedmont, the Finestre belongs to the Alps, weaving through farmyards and woodland before opening up into epic views of the Valle di Susa below. Originally a military track, the climb is overlooked by the abandoned Forte delle Finestre, which often transforms into a makeshift grandstand for Giro fans.
Previous winners of Giro stages to feature the Giro include Fabio Aru and Vasil Kiryienka, and the climb favours riders who can suffer through the attritional terrain.