Good morning from 40th Giro del Trentino Melinda’s first stage, the traditional opening TTT denominated “Garda Trentino Opening, from Riva del Garda to Torbole, 12,1 Km. In the last two years, as many riders from Trentino have worn the first leader’s jersey: Daniel Oss (2014) and Cesare Benedetti (2015). The home fans will hope to see Mikel Landa’s Team Sky, the first team at the start at 15.05 PM, with the local rising star Gianni Moscon on the front of the Brit peloton on the finish line. Also to watch are Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana, the Ag2R La Mondiale team with Bardet, Peraud and Pozzovivo, the Bora-Argon 18 team trying to repeat last year’s success, and Gazprom-Rusvelo, the last team at the start at 15.56. The race will be broadcast live in more than 50 Countries in the World from 15.00.
THE SHOW OF CYCLING IN GARDA TRENTINO
Once again, the beauties of the Northern Lake Garda will provide the setting for the 2016 Giro del Trentino Melinda debut, with a spectacular team time trial named “Garda Trentino opening”. And once again it’s Riva del Garda to shoot the starting gun: cultural and touristic center, with a magnificent view over the Lake, Riva is practically home for Giro del Trentino Melinda and its organizing group, G.S. Alto Garda, whose base is in the near Arco. Giro del Trentino Melinda’s organizer and founder, G.S. Alto Garda was born in the Garda Trentino, thanks to the effort and commitment by Guido Amistadi, Nerino and Lina Ioppi, and the collaboration by a big group of volunteers.
Just like Arco, Riva del Garda is part of the Alto Garda and Ledro community. Riva is a very popular holiday destination, thanks to its climate, beautiful nature and opportunities for active vacations and sports, either in water or in the surrounding territory and mountains. In addition to the iconic lake, the view from Riva del Garda is characterized by the Mount Rocchetta (1575 mt) and, eastbound, the peculiar shape of the Mount Baldo. Other notable natural attractions in the Riva area are the Ledro and Tenno lakes and the Varone waterfalls.
The city was fortified by the Austrian empire, which is still visible from several details, and was a touristic destination already at the time of the Hapsburgs, attended by personalities like Franz Joseph of Austria, Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann. The most ancient part of the city also recalls Venetian atmospheres, with many villas and luxury dwellings with garden and parks. Hospitality is part of the DNA of the area, whose lake-related facilities include shores, a deck and several sailing clubs and activities. Riva del Garda also offers some intriguing food and wine popular, and it is constantly animated by a wealth of events throughout the year, including some famous music festivals. Piazza III Novembre, the heart of the city, a square just in front of the lake, is where the City Hall is located, inside the 1300 Council Palace, where Roman and Medieval headstones can be found, overlooked by the iconic Torre Apponale. Tourism is certainly the main economical asset for Riva del Garda, but manufactural activities can’t be underestimated too, in particular the paper industry.
The spectacular 12,100 km time trial does not show significant changes in altitude, and represents a good test for the ambitions of the overall contenders. It runs through Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole, in the area generally nicknamed by locals as “la busa” (the hole) of Linfano.
After barely six kilometres, the riders will reach Arco. The city Dopo circa sei chilometri il percorso giunge nel territorio comunale di Arco. The small town is characterized by its special and very likable reality, made by a very mild climate, natural and architectural beauties and a relaxed lifestyle. The Collegiata dell’Assunta, the Santissima Trinità Church, the historical Palazzo Marchetti (1500), the Castle – recently renewed by the Province of Trento – placed on the rock cliff overlooking the city (an open-sky gym for free climbing), the Casino and other buildings characterize Arco while telling its history and its present. Nowadays, Arco is a pleasant and relaxing holiday destination, with several opportunities for fun and sports activities.
The wind – or the winds, depending on the time – breathing on the lake are an important natural source, making Torbole an ideal location for sailing and windsurfing, indeed very popular in this enchanting corner of the Lake Garda. The overlooking town of Nago is characterized by the Fortresses from the Austro-Hungarian period, as well as the famous “Marmitte dei Giganti” (Giants’ marmities), spectacular and impressive rock formations dating back to the post-glacial era, to be found between the Sarca river and the rock spur where the Forte (Fortress) of Nago is situated.
The beautiful shore also features a modern and beautiful pedestrian path, running through all the Northern Lake Garda locations and extending up to Arco, and beyond. Hotels and fitness facilities can provide all the needed relax after the many outdoor activities available in the zone.
A sunny day and a 20° temperature will welcome the riders for the opening that will precede the toughest stages of the race. Ideal conditions to warm up the engines ahead of some of the most important tests for the Giro d’Italia contenders.