Bruneck – St. Vigil
The Plan de Corones is the landmark of this comparatively short stage of the TOUR Transalp 2021, which begins in a completely new starting town. Bruneck is one of the largest cities of South Tyrol, an important and vibrant business location of the Pustertal on the one hand, but has also kept the South Tyrolean cosiness with a very well preserved historical old town on the other hand. The route leaves the city centre in the middle, with the Kronplatz in the back, towards the Tauferer Ahrntal. But before we go further north into the valley, whose end marks the border to Austria in the high mountains, a small, steep mountain road leads up to the hamlets of Mühlbach and Tesselberg. There you can enjoy beautiful views over the Bruneck basin and beyond to the summit of Kronplatz. After crossing the Pustertal valley, the steep climb from Olang leads up to the Furkelpass at an altitude of 1759 metres. The last time the TOUR Transalp took this route was in the opposite direction. Now the route leads from Olang 800 meters up to the pass. From there, the pros at the Giro d'Italia last toiled their way up over nasty ramps to the Kronplatz summit in 2010. But the starters of the Transalp don't have to suffer these strains. They can now roll down from the pass to the finish in St. Vigil.
Mountain passes: Tesselbacher Mountain Road, Furkel Pass