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Cles

The core of the Val di Non, Cles has bound its name to cycling in several ways through the years. 1988 World Champion Maurizio Fondriest hails from here, as does recent track World Champion Letizia Paternoster, and Cles was home of the Trofeo Melinda for over two decades, in addition to hosting the Tour of the Alps and the former Giro del Trentino several times.

Primiero/S. Martino di Castrozza

Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza is an ideal Alpine destination thanks to the appeal of the Pale di San Martino and to its well-known touristic tradition. Here, visitors can feel the warm welcome of local inhabitants and enjoy unforgettable panoramic views in an unforgettable corner of Trentino, dominated by magic landscapes.

Description

A high-speed start is set to open the Tour of the Alps 2022. After the first 40 km of the stage after the start in Cles, the home of Melinda and the old Trofeo Melinda, the route becomes more nervous until on the way to the intermediate sprint in Pergine Valsugana.
Once past the halfway sign, the road starts rising towards Strigno, with gradients between 6% and 8%. After crossing Pieve Tesino, the riders face the Passo Brocon climb, the first KOM of TotA 2022: 15 km at a 4.9% average gradient.
Right after the descent, the climb to Passo Gobbera starts (4.3 km at 5.5%). The fast way down leads to Imer, where the final circuit begins. With about 3 km to the finish line of Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza, the riders face the challenging 'Molaren' kick, the final springboard for those targeting the first leader's jersey.

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