Distance: 73.16 km and 3248 m of climbing.
I was quite surprised how quickly I had recovered from the previous day's stage where I had struggled some. This day was another hard stage. The rout was shorter than yesterday, but almost the same climbing. Since there were two long downhills, we were hopeful to make up more time on the teams immediately in front of us and we did :). We rode up and down and up and down!! The views today were again an amazing experience. The clouds added some interesting views to the high mountain peaks. As in many stages the race director added a nasty bit at the end of the stage. This time it was an adventure section through a marsh. Supposedly riding through more than ankle deep mud was supposed to be a fun adventure! We were able to push up the last climb and made up some time :). Again it was a close finish within the time limit, but we made it. Madonna di Campiglio could have left a better impression on the riders. The camp showers were in a container with cold water and the dinner was in a parking deck.
|Start, riders as far as you can see
|Welcome to Italy, talking with hands required