Yet another stage littered with legend. Catellania is the birth place of none other than Black Sheep's anointed Everyday Hero Fausto Coppi (read the Coppi story). It also plays home to the museum dedicated to his life and is the final resting place of Il Campionissimo.
It's the stage finish, though, that's infamous. Santurio di Oropa is where, in 1999, Marco Pantani, still remembered with great fervour by the Italians, dropped his chain on the approach to the climb and had to stop to put it back on.
Chasing back to the leaders would have been impressive, but Il Pirata wanted more. He eventually surged past leader Laurent Jalabert, won the stage and retained the Maglia Rosa. Days later a UCI haematic test would mark the beginning of the tragic end to Pantani's life.
Read the Pantani Story.