A stage this short rarely features on our tours, but stages involving over 3000 m of climbing are also infrequent. So today's slogan is: short but juicy. Today's agenda has us going over a couple of passes that are just about as prestigious as you can get. The beautiful Gavia and the legendary Stelvio Pass. The climb to the Gavia begins in Ponte di Legno itself, and we ride it from its best side, on the road which is slapped onto the slope, where cycling is intended for adventure. And after the descent to Bormio we head straight on to the Stelvio. The east ramp is far more famous, of course, but the western ascent, from Bormio, has no need to hide its light under a bushel, and it offers everything that the mountain climber's heart desires! And today there is no more downhill to be done - the stage ends with a summit finish at 2757 m, at the pass itself!