Torriani had created a monster – and one that would soon rearup and bite him on the backside. In 1962, the Muro figured on the Lombardy route for the third straight year, and fans focked to whatthey now knew was cycling’s most spectacular circus. Which would have been fine, except that whole troupes of
tifosi had now come with the sole aim of pushing their favourite rider over the summit. Critics of Torriani’s "silly gimmick" had been vindicated; theMuro had to go, which it did, and over the next four decades the road but not the folklore it inspired slowly crumbled.
Procycling magazine called the Sormano's Wall: ‘part hill, part hell and part open-air museum’. In fact, when the Muro reopened in 2006, riders from the Brianza area and much further afield discovered that the context for their uphill agony was a work of art – just over two kilometres of pristine asphalt, entirelyclosed to motorized traffic. Enjoy it!
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