Update: June 29, 6:00am
The internets seem to be incredibly temperamental here in Fiera di Primiero, so I waited until this morning for pictures to finish uploading .
The breakfast spread at the Sporthotel Sillian was quite impressive. I was expecting a grand buffet, with a ton of variety based on the previous nights dinner, and the spread definitely fulfilled my expectations. I attempted to take a panoramic picture of it, but I could not fit everything in one shot.
Forecast was for warm temperatures with sun most of the day, so Joerg and I donned our new incredibly well fitting Sugoi kits. I asked Lesley to snap a photo of us, and when I got my phone back these were the pics she had taken:
Thanks for the crotch shot Lesley:-)
Today’s stage was challenging right from the beginning, especially the first 32km. We were in a tight pack of 100+ riders for most of the slight uphill terrain, and it was not until the first climb at 48km that the group split up.
Joerg and I rode at our own paces for most of the day, and found our own small groups to draft on the flatter sections between the climbs. We finished with an official time of 5:02, and moved up to 126 overall.
Pages will be updated with photos and a recap at the end of each stage
From the organizers (translated from German):
Today the “Dolomites-hat-trick“ will be completed. Once again the way passes the Sextener Dolomites, because the stage directs from Sillian back to the Hochpustertal and from Toblach back in direction south. In Schluderbach the route from the day before is left. Via the comfortable Passo Cimabanche the route leads downwards to Cortina d’Ampezzo, one of Italians most famous skiing resort. Now the Dolomites reveals again their beauty with one of their most remarkable peaks: Cristallo, Tofana, Sorapis and Antelao. From Cortina the stage goes uphill to the legendary Passo Giau (2.237 meters), which many people call the most beautiful of all passes in the Dolomites.
Civetta, the impressive local mountain of Alleghe shows the way to the finish line of the stage in 2010, which is only an interstation this time on the way through the Dolomiti Bellunesi. The downhill ride continues. On the 40 kilometers from Passo Giau via Alleghe until Agordo the batteries can be recharged, which are needed for the last one thousand meters in height via the Forcella Aurine and the Passo Cereda until the finish line. Fiera di Primiero is situated at the foot of the Pale di San Martino on 700 meters height in the warm Cismon-Valley in the extreme East of the Trentino and on the Dolomites’ south edge, from which you have to say goodbye after three great days.
Mountain passes: Passo Cimabanche, Passo Giau, Forcella Aurine, Passo Cereda