The Giro del Trentino Melinda is shaping up quickly as the 40th edition, to be held from April 19th to 22nd, comes closer and closer. After the opening team time trial in the Garda Trentino area (Riva del Garda-Torbole, 12,1 km) and stage2 journey through the Austrian borders (Arco-Anras, 220 km), GS Alto Garda unveiled the third stage: Sillian-Mezzolombardo (207,5 km, on Thursday, April 21st).
“We feel proud and happy to host such an impressive event – Mezzolombardo Major Christian Girardi said – to highlight our city and the whole Piana Rotaliana on the international scene. Working in close cooperation with the organizers, we look to achieve a great success, living up to the tradition of this race”.
The third stage will start from Sillian, on Austrian soil, going through Val Pusteria to celebrate another day for climbers on another over-200 km course with few flat tracks and many opportunities for fighters and GC contenders. The second half displays two categorized climbs, the first in 1420-mt high Nova Ponente, surrounded by Dolomites peaks such as Latemar, Catinaccio and Sciliar massif.
After a charming parade through vineyard on the road to Mezzocorona, with 25 km to go, the race ramps up again to Fai della Paganella, overcoming Trento, and the Piana Rotaliana, 10 km uphill with an almost 800 mt altitude difference and 7,5% average gradient (maximum 11%), to finally reach Mezzolombardo after a long descent
In the Teroldego’s area, Giro del Trentino Melinda also met its new official wine supplier in Gaierhof, a wine house established in Roverè della Luna in 1976 whose founder Luigi Togn started a family tradition in the production of high-class wines over the years, collecting significant success all over Europe and America.