Friday 8th July, h 11:05 am
After the “Prevalle – Passo Maniva (Comune di Collio)” race witnessing the victory of Juliette Labous (TEAM DSM) and Annemiek van Vleuten (MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN) still in pink, on this day of Friday 8th July the competition lands in Trentino-Alto Adige with the 104.7-km long “Rovereto – Aldeno” stage. The eighth chapter thus starts in Rovereto at 11.05 am in Trento’s province riding along the Adige river and climbing the surrounding mountains. After the starting shot at 184 m altitude, the track leads the athletes south toward the towns of Ala and Mori, where the first climb of the day begins: 15 kilometres with a 1000-m elevation gain, passing through the municipality of Ronzo-Chienis and culminating at km 54.7 in Passo Bordala with a 2nd-tier Mountain Grand Prix at 1250 m above sea level. The following steep descent, close to Lake Cei, brings the cyclists back to the valleys and enters for the first time in Aldeno with a Traguardo Volante (flying finish line) at km 72.9. The athletes shall encounter at km 92.5 in Lake Cei another 2nd-tier Mountain Grand Prix (769 m altitude), final effort before the arrival point in Aldeno at 211 m above sea level. The arrival time is estimated around 2:15 pm.
119 contestants at the start, while the following athletes will not participate: Tereza Neumanová (Liv Racing Xstra), Amanda Spratt Team (Bikeexchange – Jayco) and Georgia Baker (Team Bikeexchange – Jayco).
GIRO DONNE – JERSEY CLASSIFICATION:
PINK JERSEY / UNHCR: Annemiek van Vleuten – MOVISTAR TEAM WOMEN
CYCLAMEN JERSEY / FASTWEB: Elisa Balsamo – TREK SEGAFREDO
GREEN JERSEY / DISCOVERY+: Elise Chabbey – CANYON/SRAM RACING
WHITE JERSEY / EUROSPORT: Niamh Fisher-Black – SD WORX
BLUE JERSEY / IL MESSAGGERO: Marta Cavalli – FDJ NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE FUTUROSCOPE
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ROVERETO (TN), 39,859 inhabitants
Between Trento and Verona, nestled among hills and vineyards, Rovereto is in the centre of the Adige Valley and has always been a crossroads of cultures, a link between the plains and mountains, as well as Italian and German culture. The city centre narrates an ideal journey through different eras: the Middle Ages with the walls of the Castelbarco and the Serenissima’s dominion in the Fifteenth century with the Podestà’s house, while the Eighteenth century can be spotted in the buildings of Corso Bettini. Finally, the First World War can be experienced in the castle halls up to modern times and in the great international museums, such as MART (Museum of modern and contemporary art by Trento and Rovereto). Rovereto is also a City of Peace, as evidenced by its majestic Campana dei Caduti (Bell of the Fallen) and the shrine of Castel Dante (Dante Castle), which preserves the remains of over 20,000 soldiers. Moreover, Rovereto offers a calendar full of art events, featuring dance festivals, theatre, music, cinema and archeology from the prose seasons to the outdoor shows.
ALDENO (TN), 3,190 inhabitants
Nestled in the Adige Valley, on the eastern slopes of Mount Bondone and surrounded by splendid vineyards, Aldeno is one of the most beautiful historical villages in the valley. The area produces fine wines together with excellent fruit and vegetables, including apples, plums, cherries, and asparagus. The town is also famous for its exquisite craftsmanship of marble, wood and iron products. Already inhabited since the Neolithic, Aldeno boasts an ancient history encompassing the Roman, the Lombard and the “Comun Comunale” eras, which brought together the villages previously included in the community of Pieve Lagarina. A historical period being reenacted today during the event “Il Comun Comunale: i Giochi e la Regola” (“Comun Comunale: Games and Rules”). Among the town’s oldest monuments it is worth mentioning Castello delle Flecche (Flecche Castle), the Civic Tower and St. Modesto parish church. Aldeno is surrounded by the woods and rocky peaks of the Regional Reserve called “Tre Cime Monte Bondone”, a meaningful biotope for the many species in its Alpine Botanical Garden and the Terrace of the Stars managed by MUSE (Trento’s Science Museum).