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Stage

15

Sunday 19
May 2024

220 km
Altitude Gain 5,300 m

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Manerba del Garda -

Livigno

(Mottolino)

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High mountain stage with finish above 2000 m. Five climbs are overcome with only the interval of the Val Camonica whose ascent represents the only ‘breathing space’. The Lodrino climb is followed by the unprecedented Colle San Zeno whose descent is very long and demanding. The riders will reach Edolo to climb the Mortirolo from the Monno side and descend into Valtellina. Long climb to Bormio and, after Isolaccia Valdidentro, the ascent to Passo di Foscagno. After a quick descent, the Passo d’Eira will be tackled, with the last 2 km climbing up the Mottolino ski slope.
Final Kms
Last km uphill. The gradient changes dramatically 2 km from the finish after the Passo di Eira where the average gradient remains above 10% although the road has steep ramps interspersed with short, less steep sections. In the last km, the final ramp has gradients of up to 19% followed by a brief easing of the gradient and a further “step” that leads to the final straight of 50 m.

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Manerba del Garda



Overview

Manerba del Garda is located in the province of Brescia, on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda, and is immersed in the green morainic hills of the Valtenesi. The interior offers gorgeous agricultural estates where the memorable Garda olive oil and D.O.C. (literally Controlled Designation of Origin) wines are produced, as well as horse riding activities, shady trattorias with simple Mediterranean cuisine and beautiful golf courses.

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Typical dishes include Tagliolini al Coregone, Pike with polenta, Perch fillets, olive oil and the ever-present Spiedo Bresciano, while wines include Rosa Valtenesi and Rosso Valtenesi.

Points of Interest

The entire Manerba territory is a treasure trove of surprises spread between the picturesque Lake Garda coastline and the hilly hinterland, with the Riserva Naturale Orientata and the Parco Lacuale della Rocca e del Sasso as its flagship. Established in 2016 over an area of about 100 hectares, this is the first lake reserve in Italy, and is dedicated to the utmost protection of nature and archaeology.
An unmistakable landmark of the Garda coastline and an unmissable vantage point for tourists, the Rocca di Manerba dominates a high rocky spur overhanging the lake. Evidence of settlements dating back to the Bronze Age and the ruins of a medieval castle are preserved here. A short distance away, in the waters of San Sivino, are the remains of a pile-dwelling village, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dating back to 2000 b.C.
Manerba boasts around 9 km of family-friendly coastline and the enchanting Island of San Biagio, also known as the Island of Rabbits, with lush vegetation and crystal-clear waters. At certain times of the year, when Garda water levels are lower, the island can also be reached on foot via a strip of seabed that connects it to the mainland.

Livigno (Mottolino)



Overview

A valley more than 22 km long at an altitude of 1,816 metres: here lies Livigno (whose name probably derives from the late Latin word labineus, namely “place subject to avalanches”): a true mountain paradise, both in summer and winter, protected by the Italian Alps. A destination chosen by Italians and international tourists to spend their holidays in pursuit of fun, sport, relaxation and good food.

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The so-called Little Tibet offers a wide selection of bars and restaurants throughout the streets of the pedestrianised centre, as well as alpine huts and inns located in the surrounding valley. The fil rouge of Livigno’s food and wine offer is the quality of the products and the genuineness of the raw materials, meticulously chosen by the chefs to create unique dishes telling the story and traditions of Livigno.

Points of Interest

MUS! Livigno and Trepalle Museum: located in an old Livigno home, this museum aims to promote culture and tradition, documenting local history and offering educational workshops and events not to be missed.

Trepalle: Trepalle is the highest inhabited village in Europe (at 2,069 metres). Connected to Livigno both by a road and a panoramic path running through Val Tort, it has a special history intertwined with that of Don Alessandro Parenti, a parish priest with an energetic and innovative spirit who left an indelible mark on the history of the village and the entire Valtellina. The figure of Don Alessandro Parenti is said to have inspired the writer Giovannino Guareschi, who visited Trepalle in the summer of 1948 and met the priest on this occasion. Guareschi was very impressed both by the village – an ideal destination for those who want to live outside the city context and be completely surrounded by nature – and by the parish priest.

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