Stage 4: Vipiteno-Sterzing - Martell-Val Martello, 188km
Passo Pennes-Penserjoch (HC) 14,5km @ 8,7%
Passo della Mendola-Mendelpass (cat.1) 14,8km @ 6,5%
Passo Palade (cat.1) 13,0km @ 4,1%
Martell-Val Martello (cat.1) 16,1km @ 6,6%
My Giro del Trentino finishes with its only MTF, though the stage is, at least in theory, easier than yesterday's thanks to the soft run in to the final climb. But from this side it's not easy to find a really tough run-in to Val Martello, and I needed to complete the biathlon fixation route! To compensate for the fact that we are likely to see the whole showdown on the final climb, I have decided to add brutality to the early stage. This includes using one of Italy's toughest well-known climbs straight from the word go, the brutal Passo Pennes
. This will ensure a strong and tough breakaway and also that the riders will hopefully be tired enough by the time they get to the base of Val Martello to ensure fireworks, especially after yesterday's difficult stage. After this we have 50km of downhill (which the riders will surely appreciate) into Bozen/Bolzano. Then it's two more climbs, the tougher side of Passo della Mendola
, a particularly well-known climb, and the easier, gradual side of Passo Palade
, parallel to yesterday's tougher climb of Castrin, before the descent into Merano.
Then, after 30km of valley roads, the final climb, after Antholz and Ridnaun, to yet another biathlon centre
, in the Val Martello. This isn't quite at the summit of the climb, but at the small plateau just after the 16km mark of this profile
. This gives us almost all of the tougher sections without the flattening out around the lake before the final ramps. There will no doubt have been gaps created on the previous three stages, so hopefully there will be people with enough time to gain here to make things exciting from the bottom of the final climb.