Colle dell'AgnelloOn the roof of Europe

Colle dell’Agnello

Legendary Climbs

Colle dell’Agnello is a memorable finish for cycling enthusiasts: its 2,744 metres of altitude make it the highest tarmacked cross-border mountain pass in Europe and its steep gradients put even the most well-trained legs to the test. Professional racers have also competed on its hairpin bends several times and it is one of the few passes that can boast having been included both in the Giro d’Italia, where it was the scene of feats by Marco Pantani in 1994 and Michele Scarponi in 2016, and in the Tour de France, in 2008 and 2011. Today, a wooden monument at the top of the hill commemorates Scarponi, the Eagle of Filottrano, who tragically passed away about a year after the achievement that paved the way for the final victory of his captain Vincenzo Nibali.

The maximum gradient is 15%, with a total elevation gain of 1,115 m over a 14 km route.

The meeting place is at the tourist office in Borgata Maddalena; the road will be closed to traffic and reserved only for cycling tourists from Borgata Chianale (900 m elevation gain and 9 km route).