Epic Passo del Mortirolo is one of the few climbs in the world that strikes fear even in the hearts of professional riders. The list of riders, who have first reached the summit during a Giro stage, includes Marco Pantani, Ivan Gotti and Ivan Basso. Since the death of Marco Pantani in 2004, stages of the Giro that go over the Mortirolo feature a special prize to the first man at the top of the pass, called Cima Pantani ("Pantani Top"). Passo del Mortirolo has featured several times in the Giro d’Italia, usually as the last or penultimate climb before the finish. The first time was in Stage 15 of the 1990 Giro d’Italia, starting from Edolo. Due to the steepness of the descent and the crashes that were occurring, the organisers decided to climb this mountain starting from Mazzo in subsequent years.