A long, but not too difficult, stage six takes us over five passes in all to Chiavenna.
It will probably be chilly in the morning – we'll need to dress up warm for the early descent from the Stilfser Joch to Bormio. To get warm again, we immediately begin the longest climb of the day up to the double pass Foscagno/Eira, which delivers us the first two pass signposts in a twin-pack, as it were, with just a short descent in between. We then drop down a bit to Livigno, which is particularly known for its tax-free tourism. We ignore the cigarette and booze stores, pass through quickly, and notch up pass number three with the Forcola di Livigno. And, because it was so lovely, we immediately add on the final kilometres to the Bernina Pass. The first half of the day is over, four passes have been ticked off, and the lion's share of the elevation gain too. The north-west side of the Bernina is already familiar, but today we ride it downhill. We roll along the flat upper Engadine to the Maloja Pass, which we are gifted, as it were, since it involves no climbing. At this point only a long descent separates us from our day's target of Chiavenna, in Italy.