The iconic Col du Galibier climb will feature in the 2013 edition of the Giro d’Italia, the race’s organiser RCS Sport confirmed on Thursday.

A 150-kilometre 15th stage will start in Cesana Torinese in the Italian Alps before hitting the Col du Moncenis, followed by the Col du Telegraphe and finishing on the Galibier at 2,642 metres above sea level in France. It’s the first time that the Galibier has been included in the Corsa Rosa of the Giro.

The riders will pass the Marco Pantani memorial stone that marks the spot where the Italian launched an attack in the 1998 Tour de France four kilometres from the summit that ultimately saw him win the race overall. Pantani died in 2004, aged 34.

Speculation on the exact route of the 2013 Giro has been rife in recent weeks ahead of the official launch of the complete route on September 30. Last week, Cycling Weekly reported on the likely inclusion of the Galibier.

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  • Ben Butler

    The Tour De France finshed on the top of Galibier last year so it is more than possible. The main thing is actually moving all the snow and getting the Col open, normally the Col does not open until Mid June !

  • Terry

    The SKY 2013 grand tour team rosters are going to make very interesting reading, Froomy can’t do all 3 and help Wiggo defend his 3 Spring stage race jerseys!

  • Rob h

    Stage 18 of last year’s Tour finish at the top of the Galibier – so it must be possible to organise!

  • john WILD

    Living in Gap and the Cols du Telegraph et du Galibier being on my doorstep I know them both by heart. And I would just like to know how on earth the arrivé of this stage can possibly be on the summit of the Galibier as is stated? There isn’t room to other than prop a cycle up let alone accommodate the caravan, all the razzmatazz and the crowds which will inevitable want to see the stage finish! This suggestion can’t be correct; if these two cols are to be included, both in France as they are, then the stage must finish even further in to the host country. But where? If they descend to the Col du Lauteret then there is more space but surely not enough to accommodate a stage finish. And it would be a very strange stage finish to end following a steep and very narrow descent from the Galibier with no possibility for a sprint.

    So are the riders expecting to go down to Grenoble or to Briancon? The latter is more likely as the next stage could easily take the course back into Italy, not so easy from Grenoble.

    We’ll know soon. But some thought could surely be given to the possibility of a stage finish on the summit of the Galibier before proposing it as even a possibility.

    John WILD, GAP, FRANCE