Stage by stage, we discover the 39th edition of the Giro del Trentino Melinda (April 21-24). After revealing the course of the opening team time trial (Riva-Arco, 13,4 km), of the queen-stage (Dro-Brentonico, 168 km, with the climb to Monte Velo) and of the final stage from Malè to Cles (an homage to Trofeo Melinda), the organizers of the GS Alto Garda announced the route of the third and penultimate stage, the183-km-long Ala-Fierozzo. It will be another tough and spectacular day, with three categorized climbs and a terrain which will provide plenty of opportunities to the attackers.
After leaving Ala, the velvet city, there will be a flat stretch from Vallagarina to Mattarello, where the first climb of the day begins, which will lead to Vigolo Vattaro, in Valsugana. The most difficult part of the route starts there, with three categorized climbs in a row, that can trigger the fight between the favorites. The first climb comes a long way before the finish and leads to Montagnaga, to the Altopiano di Pinè (2nd category). Then, once the peloton enters the Val dei Mòcheni, the riders will face the two decisive climbs. In Sover, after 146 km from the start, the riders will tackle the Passo del Redebus (1st category, 1455 m high). A false flat will precede the most difficult section: 5 km of climbing, with an average gradient of 9%. From the top there will be a long descent that will run to the final ascent and the finish in Fierozzo (2nd category, 1127 m high).
The decisive part of the stage will run through Val dei Mòcheni/Bersntol, an enchanted place known for its natural beauty, as well as the strong German-speaking community, which has its origins in the Middle Ages. Here, the Mòchena community has been able to conserve its identity, keeping alive the folkloric and gastronomical traditions, and also preserving the idiom that links them to the one spoken in Alta’Baviera, with influences from Italian and the Trentino dialect. The finale of the stage is a tribute to Diego Moltrer, former President of the Regional Council of Trentino Alto Adige – recently deceased – who supported a stage finish in this valley, in order to promote the Mòchena minority.
The Giro del Trentino Melinda visited Val dei Mòcheni before, in 2012. At that edition, stage two finished inSant’Orsola Terme, and the protagonist of the day was Damiano Cunego, who netted a beautiful win after a classy action. Cunego is the most successful rider in the history of the race, with three victories, in 2004, 2006, and 2007.
39th Giro del Trentino Melinda programme (April 21st-24th)
Stage 1 (tuesday, april 21st) – Riva del Garda-Arco 14,3 km (TTT)
Stage 2 (wednesday, april 22nd) – Arco-Brentonico 168 km
Stage 3 (thursday, april 23th) – Ala-Fierozzo 183 km
Stage 4 (friday, april 24th) – Malè-Cles 164,9 km