Giro d’Italia 2015 – Stage 6

Furcia

One last stage from Corvara, so where to go? I didn’t want a long day in the saddle, or a long transfer to start or from finish, so that didn’t leave me with a lot of options.

Although I did not seriously consider going up Plan de Corones / Kronplatz, I did head for Longega for the Furcia. I got on the bike near Piccolino, where the thought of the climb up the Würzjoch a few days before made me cringe…

In Longega I headed towards San Vigilio (di Marebbe), where I took a wrong turn – I recognized the mistake in time and headed back to Marebbe, to pick up the right path.

I was not surprised this time, as I remembered the Furcia all too well – in 2011 I barely managed it after I climbed Pennes and Giovo before it.

At the top, the water basin was empty – apparently, they are making it deeper, to allow for more water to make snow in the winter…

I descended towards Valdaora, had a coffee break and started the climb up the Furcia from that end. About the same altimeter gain, but over a shorter distance.

Furcia from ValdaoraOnce back at the summit, I only posed at the entry of Kronplatz, like I did 4 years ago. Thankfully, this stretch is forbidden for cars and going up alone was not an option today as I was probably even more exhausted than I was back then, even if it was just after noon…

We had lunch at the only open place we could find – and officially only open to the construction workers in the area, which filled the restaurant almost completely – after which I descended back to Longega, just for the fun of it and the extra kilometers.

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