8 June 1956 – Charly Gaul On The Snowy Monte Bondone (Giro d’Italia Stage 18)

One of the hardest days ever in the history of cycling races.  Only 43 riders left in the race after the 242 km long mountain stage in the Dolomites.

Stage winner, Charly Gaul jumped from 11th to 1st place in the General Classification and remained in this position till the end. It was his first Giro d’Italia overall victory. The second triumph came in 1959.

(Please note, that due to the 2/b and 5/b stages, some of the cycling history pages count this stage the 20th one.)

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