Riva-Arco TTT returns as Giro del Trentino Melinda opening

The 39th Giro del Trentino Melinda (April 21 to 24, 2015), one of the most popular and prestigious international stage races for its level of participants and technical contents, is coming to life. The event’s growth has been confirmed by the agreement recently reached with the Melinda Consortium, in order to reinforce a race with a strong local rooting and a glorious history wrote by great cycling champions

Gs Alto Garda organizers are at work to complete 2015 route, the clinging to the race frame but also harboring some interesting surprises, set to thrill the cycling fans like it happened with the “discovery” of climbs like Punta Veleno in 2012 and Sega di Ala in 2013. In recent years, the race has always consisted of four stages: an opening team time trial, a medium mountain stage and two heavy mountain stages, taking full advantage of a number of route options available in Trentino. A perfect mix of time trial, lumpy routes and uphill finishes, which teams and top rides consider  as the ideal Giro d’Italia’s dress rehearsal.

Also this time a team time trial (TTT) will open the race, replicating 2014 stage1, a 13,4 km from Riva del Garda to Arco. The course features long flat straights perfect to synchronize the teams’ mechanisms that make this discipline extremely demanding, mostly for those teams preparing for the upcoming Giro d’Italia TTT. After the departure from Riva del Garda (in the Fraglia della Vela area), the course continues on the banks of Garda Lake till Linfano, then turning in the up-country towards Arco, where the finish line is placed after four technical bends. The intermediate timing is placed in San Giorgio.

At 2014 Giro del Trentino – whose overall winner was Aussie Cadel Evans, ahead of  Domenico Pozzovivo and Przemyslaw Niemiec – US BMC Team clinched the TTT victory clocking 14’12”;Team NetApp-Endura placed second (+ 0:05”), Team Sky third (+ 0:09”); BMC’s Trentino-native Daniel Oss wore the first leader jersey in front of his home fans and supporters.