The Capital of Südtirol, Bolzano gives the start to Tour of the Alps’ stage 4, in the debut year of the new Euroregional project. Right here, the protocol of agreement officially opening the new era has been signed on December 6th.
The main city of the Val di Non, Cles has bound its name to cycling in several ways in the years: 1988 World Champion Maurizio Fondriest hails from here, and Cles has been the home of Trofeo Melinda for many years and, more recently, a recurring stage finish of the Giro del Trentino Melinda.
The beautiful Piazza Walther, in Bolzano city center, will host the preliminary operations. From Bolzano, the peloton will ride through the Bassa Atesina to Lainburg’s Experimental Center, where the riders will tackle the short climb to Novale al Varco.
A short descent will bring the race to the Caldaro Lake, and then back up to Appiano sulla Strada del Vino, where the first categorized climb of the day, the 14-km Mendola Pass, will begin. From the top, a quick descent to Sarnonico will introduce the riders on the former Trofeo Melinda’s routes; an intermediate sprint will also be placed at the second passage in Sarnonico.
Late in the stage, the 6 km-long Forcella di Brez will be the second categorized of the day. After a first passage in Cles, the peloton will move to Tassullo and, after Nanno’s climb, return to Cles for the stage finish.