After unveiling all the stages suitable for the fast wheels of the group and following those labeled as medium mountain, the Giro d’Italia 2022 presents the most anticipated stages, those of High Mountain that promise a show.

In discovering the winner of the last Giro d’Italia in preview Egan Bernal commented: “With these six high mountain stages it is clear that the Giro d’Italia 2022 will also be tough. Already the first uphill finish, the one on Etna, will be important and could cut those who do not out of the fight for the Maglia Rosa. He will be 100% found. Then there will be legendary climbs like Mortirolo where great champions have written important pages, such as Pantani and many others. It will be a beautiful Giro to see and do, and the six mountain stages will be decisive for the classification general”.

These are the six hamlets of Montagna:

AVOLA – ETNA (Rifugio Sapienza): 166 km – 3590 m – ****

A stage in the Sicilian hinterland with an uphill finish. From Avola you touch the center of Sicilian Baroque in Noto to touch the areas of Pantalica and Vizzini as you approach the volcano. The final climb, which ends at the Sapienza refuge as on other occasions, faces a new route in its own way. We approach the climb from Ragalna (like 2018), to move on the classic side of Nicolosi (like 2011) for the last 14 km.

ISERNIA – BLOCKHAUS: 187 km – 4990 m – *****

High mountain Apennine stage. Upward route from the first kilometers from Isernia towards Rionero Sannitico. You only touch the historic Macerone and then reach the first brow in Roccaraso. Up to Guardiagrele, which is only touched upon, the only stretch that is fairly quiet and mainly downhill is covered. Then begins the double climb to the Blockhaus. From Pretoro you reach Passo Lanciano and then descend to Lettomanoppello and, after having surrounded the base of the Majella, climb on arrival from Roccamorice as in 2017, with the final with double-digit slopes along the final series of hairpin bends.

RIVAROLO CANAVESE – COGNE: 177 km – 4030 m – ****

Typical stage of the Western Alps with very long climbs even if without excessive slopes. Departure from Rivarolo Canavese and classic approach along the Dora Baltea to enter the Vallée until reaching the capital. You then climb in rapid succession Pila up to Le Fleurs, a climb that rejoins the Giro after an absence of thirty years, Verrogne (already climbed in 2019) and Cogne to finish in the Gran Paradiso National Park which turns 100 years old. Over 46km of the last 80 will all be uphill.

SALÒ – APRICA (Sforzato Wine Stage): 200 km – 5440 m – *****

Classic stage of Valtellina with a sequence of climbs some of which have been rediscovered after many years. Departure from Salò to go inside the Sabbia valley and after Bagolino climb the Goletto di Cadino (last passage in 1998 on the occasion of Pantani’s victorious ride to Montecampione). Going up the Val Camonica you climb the Mortirolo da Monno (as in 2017) to go down to Grosio and walk the Sforzato wine roads to which the stage is dedicated, climbing Teglio (the place that gives its name to the valley) and then reaching Aprica through the Valico of Santa Cristina on which the last passage was in 1999.

WOODEN BRIDGE – LAVARONE: 165 km – 3740 m – ****

Mountain stage divided into two parts. Departure upwards towards Passo del Tonale followed by a stretch of over 70 km always substantially downhill. After crossing the Adige, the climb to Palù di Giovo (fief of the Mosers) is climbed, passing through the Mocheni Valley to reach Pergine Valsugana and the final which alone deserves all the stars of difficulty of the stage. After Pergine you climb the Passo del Vetriolo from an unprecedented slope and the ascent of the Menador with its narrow hairpin bends and the typical tunnels of the roads carved into the rock for war reasons (it was called Kaiserjägerweg). At the top of the Monte Rovere GPM, a few undulating kilometers will bring a very small group to the finish.

BELLUNO – MARMOLADA (Passo Fedaia): 167 km – 4490 m – *****

Classic Dolomite stage: the last uphill arrival of the Giro d’Italia 2022. Departure from Belluno with a short digression along the Piave valley between Sedico, Santa Giustina and the Certosa di Vedana. You then enter the Cordevole valley which climbs up through Agrodo and Cencenighe. There begins the triptych of final climbs with the San Pellegrino Pass (slopes over 15% after Falcade) followed by the Pordoi Pass (Cima Coppi 2022) and finally from the Fedaia Pass with the famous Malga Ciapela drittone which always reaches above 10% slopes of 18%. You do not go through the Serrai di Sottoguda whose road was canceled by the Vaia storm, of which the stage touches many symbolic places. After 14 years, the Marmolada is once again the place of arrival.

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