Alpe d'Huez to Stelvio / Powered by Bianchi

  • Location

    France & Italy - Alpe d'Huez to Piemonte, Milan, Lombardia & Stelvio

  • Duration

    8 days / 7 nights

  • Length

    Average 115km daily (shorter option: 85km daily)

  • Climb

    500-3,500m daily (shorter option: 500-2,700m daily)

8 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019

Grand Tours Project and Bianchi have partnered to offer our guests the best possible high-performance cycle tours – the “Powered by Bianchi” series. And our first tour has been created to celebrate the life of one of the greatest cyclists of all time – Fausto Coppi.

Born in 1919, Coppi won his first Giro d'Italia at the tender age of 20 - still the youngest winner of the race. He went on to win the Giro four more times, and the Tour de France twice. And in 1949 he became the first rider to win both the Tour and Giro in the same year … doing it again in 1952.

Nearly all of his victories were on Bianchi bikes, in the Bianchi team.

Our tour will take you to where Coppi is best remembered for his greatest victories and legendary moments – his climb up the highest paved pass in Europe, Col de l’Iseran, in the 1949 Tour de France; his Stage 10 victory on Alpe d’Huez in the 1952 Tour de France; the Stage 11 victory on Col du Galibier the following day; his world hour record in Milan in 1942; his stage 20 win on Passo dello Stelvio in the 1953 Giro (his 5th Giro title).

We'll also visit his hometown in Piemonte where he was born, and his home that has been converted into a museum dedicated to his life and times. And we will enjoy a ride on his favourite childhood roads. A VIP visit to the Bianchi factory near Treviglio and a special dinner at the Bianchi Café in Milan will take us deep inside the history and innovation of this iconic brand.

On our final ride of the tour, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birthday, we'll challenge ourselves to a double ascent of Stelvio, which was the venue for maybe his greatest victory - his 5th Giro title.

There are so many stories, drama's and legends about Coppi, and this tour will allow you to explore his fascinating life, both on and off the road. Immerse yourself into both Fausto Coppi's life and the Bianchi bike brand by joining us in this unique tour experience.

Total price: €3,850

  • Ride on the roads (in the Alps, Piemonte, Lombardia) and up the mountains (Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, d’Izoard, l’Iseran, Stelvio) - where Fausto Coppi stamped his legendary status into cycling history
  • Cycle the routes of his most famous victories – his first major win at the Giro in 1940, the double Tour de France-Giro in 1949 and 1952, his world hour record in Milan, his record 5 wins of the Giro di Lombardia
  • Climb the two highest paved passes in Europe – Col de l’Iseran (2,764m) and Passo dello Stelvio (2,760m)
  • Visit Coppi’s hometown in Piemonte, explore the house where is was born and which now a museum dedicated to his life, and ride on his favourite childhood routes
  • VIP tour of the Bianchi factory near Treviglio, and a VIP dinner at the Bianchi Café in Milan
  • Includes 6 days of riding the Bianchi Infinito CV disc bike, used by the LottoNL-Jumbo pro team.
  • Bianchi cycling kit (jersey, bib-shorts) is included
  • Day 1 - Sunday, 8th September

    Arrival in Geneva

    32km / 570m

    We welcome you to Geneva, where we’ll collect you from the airport, and then drive to beautiful Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the heart of the French Alps. You will meet your Bianchi Infinito CV disc bike that you will have the pleasure of riding for the week, and collect your stylish Bianchi kit. We’ll all enjoy our first ride to test out the bikes and make any adjustments, before our first dinner of the tour with a toast to Fausto Coppi who raced through this town en route to Aosta, Italy, in a famous stage victory in the 1949 Tour de France.

  • Day 2 - Monday, 9th September

    Col de l'Iseran - highest paved pass in Europe

    118km / 2,490m (shorter option: 82km / 1,210m)

    At 2,764m, Col de l’Iseran is the highest paved pass in Europe. It featured prominently in the 1949 Tour de France with a 257km epic stage to Aosta. Coppi won the stage, taking the yellow jersey from his arch rival Bartali, and wearing it for the first time in his cycling career … and he then kept it all the way to Paris. This was the stage that won him the Tour de France & Giro double in the one year, for the first time in cycling history. Truly a history-making mountain pass!

  • Day 3 - Tuesday, 10th September

    Two legends: Col du Galibier & Alpe d'Huez

    90km / 3,520m (shorter option: 76km / 2,700m)

    This is one of the greatest cycling routes in Europe – a climb up the two legends of Tour de France: Col du Galibier (5th highest paved pass in Europe) and iconic Alpe d’Huez. Coppi made history on both mountains in the 1952 Tour. Alpe d’Huez featured for the 1st time ever in the 1952 Tour - Coppi won the stage to take the yellow jersey for the first time in the race. The next stage was made immortal by the photo of Coppi in the yellow jersey handing a water bottle to Bartali as they climbed Galibier (or was it the other way around?).

  • Day 4 - Wednesday, 11th September

    Col d'Izoard & Sestriere (Italy)

    140km / 3,240m (shorter option: 62km / 2,380m)

    The mountain pass of Col d’Izoard featured in the 1949 Giro in a classic stage won by Coppi. He escaped early from the peloton and soloed 192km and 5 passes including Izoard and Sestriere, finishing in Pinerolo 12 minutes ahead of Bartali. A lonely man in command, his shirt is blue and white, his name is Fausto Coppi" recited the voice of sports commentator Mario Ferretti on this stage. Izoard was used by the 1949 Tour de France just a few weeks later and again in 1951 (both stages won by Coppi). Once on top, we’ll visit the small museum and the Coppi memorial, then descend to Briançon, cross the border into Italy and then complete our 3rd ascent for the day, Sestriere.

  • Day 5 - Thursday, 12th September

    Immersive Coppi & Bianchi Day

    28km / 480m

    We’ll start with a relaxing ride in the surrounding countryside to enjoy Coppi’s favourite training routes in his youth. It’s a short ride from our hotel to the small town of his birth, where his house still stands, renovated as the Coppi museum dedicated to his life. We then drive to Treviglio, where we’ll enjoy a special VIP lunch and tour of the Bianchi factory. In Milan, a VIP Dinner awaits at the delightful Bianchi Café. Milan was the Start & Finish of Coppi's first Giro win in 1940 (at aged 20, still youngest ever).

  • Day 6 - Friday, 13th September

    Lake Como & Bellagio

    124km / 2,150m

    Today we’ll be riding on some of the routes where Coppi won the Giro de Lombardia (one of the 5 "Monuments" of pro cycling) a record 5 times. From Como, we tackle the steep wall of Muro di Sormano, then down to the lake and into beautiful Bellagio. A climb up to the church of Madonna del Ghisallo (the pastroness of cyclists) is a must. In the museum, the bike used by Coppi for his one-hour record is displayed, and this was a favourite climb of Coppi and Bartali. We return to Bellagio to take a short ferry ride across the lake and we have a flat ride to the northern end of Lake Como.

  • Day 7 - Saturday, 14th September

    Passo dello Stelvio - double ascent

    99km / 3,160m (shorter option: 81km / 1,880m)

    We’ll set out from Bormio to climb the legendary Stelvio, turning off at Umbrail pass to then make the beautiful descent into Switzerland. We circle back into Italy to make our second ascent of Stelvio on the classic side, which was the route of one of Coppi’s most famous victories – Stage 20 of the 1953 Giro. Coppi beat his Swiss rival Hugo Koblet over the Stelvio, sprinted to the finish to win the stage, taking the pink jersey from Koblet to win his record 5th Giro. Tomorrow - 15 September - is the 100th anniversary of his birth, so we’ll celebrate his birthday on the top of Stelvio. What better way to pay tribute to Coppi than by ascending epic Stelvio, the 2nd highest paved pass in Europe … twice!

  • Day 8 - Sunday, 15th September

    Depart from Milan

    We drive to Milan Malpensa airport in the morning, to farewell you as you travel home with memories, stories, photos, new friends, and a collection of Cima Coppi personal victories to last a lifetime.