Stage 2

Sillian – Primiero / San Martino di Castrozza

Mountain Passes: Passo Cimabanche, Passo Giau, Forcella Aurine, Passo Cereda
Level: 5/5

If you didn't have to grip the handlebars securely, you would love to hold your mobile phone in your hand throughout on this stage. This is perhaps the stage with the greatest "Instagramability" - at least for those who like to pose in front of famous peaks. The celebrities of the Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage Site, stand guard along the route: Drei Zinnen, Monte Cristallo, Hohe Gaisl, Antelao, Tofana, Monte Pelmo, Civetta and the Pale di San Martino. If you only had one day to introduce a mountain novice to the magic of the Dolomites, this would be the perfect sight-seeing tour. In sporting terms, the Passo Giau dominates this stage. The pass leads somewhat remotely through the rock towers of the Cinque Torri from Cortina up to the highest point of the stage. Insiders even consider the "Giau" the most beautiful of all Dolomite passes, perhaps because it is less crowded than other passes in this mountain range, which is very popular with holidaymakers. At the highest point, a long 35-kilometre descent begins to Agordo, where the legs can rest a bit. However, there are two more passes waiting that should not be underestimated with a total of 1000 metres in altitude. The Forcella Aurine and the Passo Cereda demand strength at the end of this stage, before the finish in Fiera di Primiero is reached at the southern foot of the Pale di San Martino. Even here, the Dolomites do not let go of you, as the bizarre Pale di San Martino peaks reach for the clouds high above the finish.

StageRouteLevelKilometerAltitude difference
Stage 2Sillian - Fiera di Primiero4133,622.701
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