St. Christina – Kaltern
The fourth day of the BIKE Transalp features a true marathon which is also a sight seeing tour through South Tyrol. The field leaves the Dolomite skyscrapers down into the Etsch valley where the stage's finish town is located within spacious and sunny vineyards. The whole stage showcases the variety and beauty of northern Italy whilst collecting a total of more than 3,000 metres of climbing in a constant up and down.
The route encircles Langkofel and Schlern on the high plains while thrilling single tracks lead through the Tiers valley to Eggen valley where the stately mountain range of the Rosengarten takes over the patronage of the this special part of the course.
After the last quite long climb the field will enjoy a very easy, partly rough but very long descent until it finally arrives in the Etsch valley.
Now, it's only the Kreither saddle which is in the way to the finish which will be reached by passing Lake Kaltern. And while racers have to miss out a refreshing bath, they can look forward to some good wine as the finish line is traditionally set up next to the town's wine cellars.