The big uphill finish has come: exciting showdown at Alpe di Pampeago

The second stage of the Tour of the Alps (Lavarone-Alpe di Pampeago/Fiemme, 145,5 km) starts at 11.15AM. Along the course, mythical climbs like Redebus and the final one, set to make the first big differences between the favorites

Good morning from the second stage of the Tour of The Alps: in the menu today the much-awaited climbing finish on the Alpe di Pampeago – Fiemme. The peloton is also going to deal with the challenging Redebus climb, with a daily total elevation gain of 2900 meters. Pello Bilbao (Astana), yesterday’s winner, will try to defend his overall leader’s jersey, supported by a solid and in-form team. At the start today, Astana will also be rewarded with the Team-Up Award – Souvenir Michele Scarponi for their team effort on day 1. A thrilling battle within a very short timespan among all the big protagonists is to be expected.

Meeting place: Lavarone, Piazza Italia, Loc. Chiesa, h 9:30
Depart: Lavarone, Via Trento, h 11:15
Finish: Tesero, loc. Pampeago, h 15:10
Antidoping Control: Tesero loc. Pampeago, Hotel Scoiattolo
Feed Zone: Lago di Lases, km 70,7
Intermediate Sprint: Sover, km 91,0
KOM: Passo Redebus (1a Cat., km 51,1); Cavalese (3a Cat., km 108,0)
Permanence: Centro Fondo Lago di Tesero, Via Stazione, 4, 38038 Lago di Tesero

THE STARTING LINE: LAVARONE
Lavarone is a “comune diffuso” (literally “broad” municipality) of just 1,110 inhabitants made up of several hamlets (administrative center in the Gionghi) in the “Magnifica Comunità degli Altipiani Cimbri”. Here nature, peace and relaxation prevail in some landscapes of romantic peace, loved by history and culture characters, such as the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud.

ON THE ROAD
Located at 1000 meters above sea level, on a sunny terrace in front of the Lagorai mountain range, Cavalese is one of the most important tourist locations of the Val di Fiemme. It is very popular both in winter (Alpe Cermis ski lifts start from the village) and in summer. It is one of the key points on the Marcialonga route, the “mother” of all cross-country skiing competitions

THE STAGE TASTE
Val di Fiemme
is along the path of the Dolomites Cheese Road, an itinerary through the delights of cheese factories producing goodness like the tasty “Formae Val Fiemme” in all its aging, the Fontàl, or the famous “Puzzone di Moena”. They are additive-free and smell of owered pastures and Fiemme’s hay, ideally matched with either fresh or seasoned cured meats.

DON’T MISS
In the first half of the route you cross the Valle dei Mocheni, a German language island in the heart of Trentino. The presence of the Germanic community dates back to the Middle Ages, due to the call of gold, pyrite and quartz mines. It is also called the enchanted valley, a definition due to its magnificent natural scenery, source of inspiration for the famous Austrian writer Robert Musil.

THE FINISH: ALPE DI PAMPEAGO/FIEMME
The Alpe di Pampeago/FIemme road is an Alpine pass between the Selva di Ega and the Cima di Valsorda. The slope that rises from Tesero, the southern and best known, leads to the Alpe area where the lifts of the Latemar Ski Center are located. The ski area extends towards Predazzo and Obereggen, with 48 kilometers of slopes for downhill skiing.

THE CHARACTER
Arrival seat of 5 stages of the Giro d’Italia, in 1998 the Alp of Pampeago/Fiemme had been a fundamental step for the victory of the pink race by Marco Pantani (it was the year of the double event ow Giro-Tour). Although he nished behind Tonkov on arrival, the climbing specialist from Romagna mortgaged the final success. Pantani won Pampeago the year after, but it was an evanescent joy: 2 days after, he was excluded from the Giro for his hematocrit above average.

THE WEATHER FORECAST
Mostly sunny, few cloud patches occasionally thickening in the middle of the day.