Another beautiful location of the Alpe Cimbra area, Lavarone sits just by the homonymous lake, famous for being the favorite holiday destination of Sigmund Freud the founder of psychanalysis. While being a bathing destination during summer, the lake becomes a natural ice-skating rink during winter.
Nestled in the heart of the Fleimstal valley, the Alpe di Pampeago is part of the Tesero Municipality. The area is World famous for Alpine ski and Cross Country ski. The Alpe di Pampeago mountain pass is an historical mountain in cycling, made unforgettable by champions like Marco Pantani, Pavel Tonkov and Gilberto Simoni.
Stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of the Alps gets off from the Lavarone’s plateau, in Chiesa. After a long descent leading from the Valico della Fricca’s tunnel to Calceranica al Lago, through Vattaro and Bosentino, a lumpy segment starts, passing just by Caldonazzo and Levico Terme to reach Pergine Valsugana. There begins the first climb of the stage: nearly 16 km through the enchanting Valle dei Mocheni will award the first Cat. 1 KOM of the race, placed atop the 1.455 mt of the Redebus Pass after 51,1 km. Even though it's the easier side of the mountain to be climbed (only in the final part the slope goes beyond 10%), the riders will still need to face a 980 mt altitude difference. A steep and fast descent with several hairpins bends will follow, but then the road will flatten through the town of Baselga di Pinè.
Six more kilometers downhill will lead the pack to the provincial road crossing the Valle di Cembra, with a gentle but consistent ascent. The intermediate sprint will wait for the riders in Sover, after 87,8 km. In Molina di Fiemme starts a long loop that follows the SS 48 road through Cavalese, Tesero and Ziano di Fiemme, then moving back along with Avisio River and closing after 28,9 km (km 130,9 km). The second passage on the toughest uphill section through Castello di Fiemme, will also award points as the second categorized climb of the day, in the Cavalese’s nearbies.
4,7 more flat kilometers will take the riders to Tesero, where the famous final ascent to Alpe di Pampeago - Fiemme will begin: a tough climb with a maximum gradient of nearly 15%, and whose slopes never get below 10% in the last 4 km to the final banner. There is absolutely no doubt: a talented climber will be the one to raise his arms on the Alpe di Pampeago.