The Val di Sole – or Sole Valley – ends on the Tonale Pass before descending to Ponte di Legno, but the riders go the other way in stage 17. The route descends slightly to Lago di Santa Giustina before it goes uphill on the easy side of the Passo della Mendola (14 kilometres at 3.9%). Following a long downhill to Bolzano a prolonged false flat of 45 kilometres runs to a short climb to Naz. A gentle descent and it goes back up again to Terento. Both ascents are not very long, yet demanding.
The riders fly down to Brunico before the last 27.5 kilometres are all uphill. Not very steep though. The first part is mostly false flat and the last 9.6 kilometres are averaging 5.5%. Which is – to be frank – a biased statistic. Indeed, the final climb is nothing special except for the section between 4.5 kilometres and 500 metres before the line. This section is averaging 8.5% before the last 500 metres flatten out to 3.2%.
Giro d’Italia 2019 stage 17: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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