The 2010 Giro d’Italia pays a visit to South Tyrol - on the
end of May this year will once again see the Giro
d'Italia (Tour of Italy) passing through South Tyrol as the event is
held for the 93rd time. On 25th May 2010 the challenge
for competitors will be to overcome the 16th stage, the
demanding mountain time trial which begins in St.
Vigil on the Kronplatz.
Every year the
Giro d'Italia adds extra spice to its programme with
strenuous stages in the Alps – including South Tyrol.
And so this year, as in 2008, the mountain time trial
will once again be taking place from St. Vigil on the
Kronplatz. The length of the course, which is approx. 13
kilometers, may at first glance not appear to be overly
taxing, but the riders must get the better of an
astounding difference in altitude of over 1000 meters at
a maximum incline of 24 per cent. In addition, the
riders are compelled to
cover the last third from the Furkel Pass to the summit
on an unpaved road. This stage, together with the
extremely steep sections at Zoncolan and the Gavia Pass,
is justly considered to be among the highlights of the
2010 Giro d'Italia.
One day later, on 26th
May, the 17th stage runs from Bruneck in the Puster
Valley (Val Pusteria) to Peio – another event not to be missed! One
thing is absolutely certain: it will be an exciting and
- we hope - fair race!
General information about
the Tour of Italy can be found in the