Walking through the streets of its old town you can admire buildings of high symbolic value such as the Goldenes Dachl/Tettuccio d’oro or the impressive boulevard entitled to Maria Teresa of Austria. But Innsbruck is not just history and culture, to realize it you just need to look up and surrender to those amazing mountains that have hosted the Winter Olympic Games for three times.
Kaunertal is located in the heart of the Ötztal Alps, surrounded by the Glockturmkamm and the Kaunergrat. As a natural park and glacial region with numerous pastures, cultivated alpine shelters and high-altitude trails, this corner of Tyrol is a place of attraction for hikers and climbers. However even skiers can have fun from winter to summer along the slopes of the glacier that dominates the small village.
2500 meters of altitude, all concentrated in the second half of the stage, as the first 50 kilometers of it are mostly flat, easing up the warmup of the riders. The first ascent of the day will lead to Arzl im Pitztal, the village of former Austrian ski champion Benni Raich. After a short descent, the road starts to climb toward the top of the Piller Sattel, where the first GPM will be placed. The second ascent to the Piller Sattel, taking in the toughest slope moving up from Fließ, will be the main difficulty of the day. Just 21 kilometers will be left to the finish line as the riders reach the top of this mountain, evenly split between downhill and uphill. The last 11km will lead to the finish line in Feichten, with the most challenging section coming between 6 and 3 kilometers to go, when the gradient hits even beyond 12%.