Goodmorning from the 2018 Tour of the Alps. The Euregio’s Race starts this morning from Arco, one of Garda Trentino’s pearls, the main area in the Northern part of Garda Lake. We are in the paradise of active vacation, among breath-taking scenarios. The announced protagonists Froome, Aru and Pinot will be able to immediately test the strength of their rivals in a stage with a difference in height of 2530 meters and an intriguing final, with its finish line set in Folgaria’s plateau.
Meeting place: Arco, Piazza III Novembre, h 9:45
Depart: Arco, Via Garberie, h 11:30
Finish: Folgaria, Via Emilio Colpi, h 15:10
Antidoping Control: Palafolgaria, Via Nazioni Unite, 21b
Feed Zone: Romagnano, km 88,2
Intermediate Sprint: Rovereto, km 108,8
KOM: Valico di Andalo (3a Cat., km 50,3); Serrada (2a Cat., km 128,4) Permanence: Palafolgaria, Via Nazioni Unite, 21b
THE STARTING LINE: ARCO
Arco – “Mediterranean” enclave surrounded by mountains – is a well-known resort destination thanks to its microclimate, to the result of its unique geographical position and to the proximity to the Lake Garda. The magnificent medieval castle overlooks the town, perched on a rocky spur. It is a destination known for outdoor activities – climbing, trekking and cycling above all.ON THE ROAD
After 43 kilometers, the path crosses Molveno: a picturesque tourist spot at the foot of the Brenta Group, one of the wonders of the Dolomites. Located on the shores of the homonymous lake of natural origins, which the writer Fogazzaro described as a “precious pearl in an even more precious casket”, the location has been given the “orange ag” by the Italian Touring Club which stands for excellence and offer a welcoming atmosphere.
THE STAGE TASTE
Oil, wine, freshwater fish, broccoli and especially “carne salada” – the typical high quality product under Arco and Garda Trentino De.Co. brand quality assurance. The “carne salada” is lean beef made out of a special production process which makes it pleasantly aromatic. Either sliced thin and raw as appetizer or cooked with beans as side dish, or as ingredient of delicious local dishes.
The itinerary of the stage embraces Trento. It is worth a detour to admire the Buonconsiglio Castle, one of the symbols of the city and among the major monuments in Trentino-Alto Adige. Built in the Thirteenth century, it hosted the Bishops for five centuries. Made up of a series of buildings built in different ages, it is still in excellent condition and hosts important works of art.
THE FINISH: FOLGARIA
Folgaria lies on a magnificent plateau over 1100 meters. It is located in the middle of a popular ski area with over 70 kilometers of downhill slopes. In summer it is an ideal place for an enjoyable family holiday: in the cool climate it is possible to practice road cycling, mountain biking, hiking, golf, horse riding and climbing.
Every year Arco – high-level sport resort – hosts the Rock Master, an international climbing festival that often stars Adam Ondra. The young athlete from Czech Republic is the worldwide phenomenon of sport climbing, the rst man to establish a route 9c and an appreciated testimonial of Garda Trentino, a paradise for climbing thanks to its 16 falesie-cliffs.
THE WEATHER FORECAST
The sun welcomes the Tour of the Alps’ troop at the start in Arco. During the day variability is estimated, especially in the mountains.