The opening team time trial (TTT) has become a tradition of the Giro del Trentino Melinda, who this year celebrates its 40th edition (19-22 April) and will begin for the fifth year in a row with such an effort, which will set off for the third consecutive year from Riva del Garda.
On Tuesday, April 19th, in the afternoon, the first of the four stages will feature a high-speed challenge, which will conclude in Torbole (Trento), after 12.1 kilometers. Last year’s team time trial, which finished in Arco saw German outfit Bora-Argon 18 win, and Cesare Benedetti get the first fuchsia jersey, which rewards the GC leader.
Following the Riva del Garda start, the course designed by the GS Alto Garda organizers continues along Lake Garda, then turning towards Arco and finally back to Torbole finish, with the arrival due to take place in the Colonia Pavese park, which overlooks the spectacular lake scenery.
Until 2018, the towns of Riva del Garda, Arco and Nago/Torbole will host the start and the arrival of the Giro del Trentino Melinda inaugural stage, following an agreement between the race and Ingarda, along with local municipalities.
“The bike is a key component of our territory’s DNA – Ingarda President Marco Benedetti said – and therefore the collaboration we have agreed on with the organizers of the Giro del Trentino Melinda is particularly important. The organizing company, GS Alto Garda, is based in Arco and is the solid reference point of a cycling tradition which we hope will continue with increasing success.”
The preliminary operations of the Giro del Trentino Melinda will take place on Monday, April 18th, at the Arco Casino event’s headquarters. The Casino will also serve as permanence of the TTT stage that will give the first leader of 2016 edition.