A new Giro d’Italia stage route officially announced. On Stage 20, Saturday May 25th 2013, “Il Giro” goes back on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo) are three distinctive battlement-like peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy. They are probably one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. The three peaks, from east to west, are:
- Cima Piccola/Kleine Zinne (“little peak”)
- Cima Grande/Große Zinne (“big peak”)
- Cima Ovest/Westliche Zinne (“western peak”).
Until 1919 the peaks formed part of the border between Italy and Austria. Now they lie on the border between the Italian provinces of South Tyrol and Belluno and still are a part of the linguistic boundary between German-speaking and Italian-speaking majorities.
The Cima Grande has an elevation of 2,999 meters (9,839 ft). It stands between the Cima Piccola, at 2,857 meters (9,373 ft), and the Cima Ovest, at 2,973 meters (9,754 ft).
The Last appearance of the climb in the Giro d’Italia was in 2007, stage 15. This time, Italian Riccardo Riccò won the stage over the 184km course between Trento and the Tre Cime. At that stage, Liquigas’ Italian rider Danilo di Luca was wearing the pink jersey and he also won the 2007 Giro d’Italia (90th edition).
The area is also a very popular hiking location. It offers a relatively easy route with mesmerizing scenery, so it is great for families with kids.
The Tre Cime also has some of the best-positioned rifugios to stop for a refreshing beer along the trail.
Here is the video of the last ascent in the Giro d’Italia 2007, the 90th edition of the Italian Grand Tour.
- Tre Cime di Lavaredo on Wikipedia