The Giro del Trentino Melinda restarts from Sillian, Austria, hosting another stage departure three years after the race stage 2 in 2013. That time, the stage ended uphill in Vetriolo Terme, and saw Kanstantsin Siutsou's success. Sillian also hosted a Giro d'Italia stage start extactly 10 years ago: it was stage 18, finishing in Gemona del Friuli.
With the finish in Mezzolombardo, the Paganella upland opens its "top-cycling" spring: after a spectacular Giro del Trentino Melinda stage 3, having Paganella as main and decisive difficulty in the finale, Andalo will host an important uphill finish of Giro d'Italia stage 16 barely a month later - on May 24th.
After the first mountain test on stage 2, the peloton is ready to climb up higher: 40th #GdTM stage 3 starts from Austria, from Sillian exactly, and finishes in Mezzolombardo, but puts two long and demanding climbs on the riders' way. First comes Nova Ponente, 20 km uphill, pretty steady in the first part, but costantly beyond 7% gradient in the last 6 km to the KOM. Then it comes down to Fai della Paganella: this time it will be 'only' 12 km, but the climb gets demanding pretty soon, and gives very little rest to the riders until 2 km to the top. The toughest kilometre, with a 8,8% average gradient, will be faced with 3 km to the peak: it might be the right time to make a move. After the KOM banner, 14 km will be left to the finish, almos all on a very quick and not exceedingly technical descent.