Eshnar said:STAGE 17: Tirano – Canazei 219 km
START TIME: 11.15 CEST
Long transitional stage in the middle of the Alps. From the town of Tirano, the riders will have to climb immediately the hardest climb of the day, the west side of Aprica (GPM2, 12.3 km at 6.3%), a pretty serious climb that will define the breakaway of the day. Following said climb the peloton will descend (very easily, through the usual side of Aprica) to Edolo, where they will begin a long drag that will lead them to Ponte di Legno, the start of Passo del Tonale (GPM2, 11 km at 5.7%), from the same side of the final MTF of the 2010 edition. The descent is again very fast and straightforward, and it is followed by a long stroll in the Val di Non, more than 50 km of descending false flat. The final climb of the day starts with 88 km to go. Giovo (GPM3, 5.9 km at 6.8%) will bring the peloton into the Val di Fassa. Here, they'll face a 70+ km ascending false flat, with very few easy ramps, all the way to the top of the valley, the town of Canazei, that hosts the finishing line.
From this side its very consistent and regular.
Passo del Tonale GPM2
This is the easier side of the Tonale, with pretty much the same gradient as the other, but shorter.
Short with a pretty steep first ramp.
What to expect:
This is the typical kind of stage that ends with the breakaway winning and the peloton holding hands 20 minutes later. Especially considering the rest of the week. Anything happening gc-wise would be exceptional.