95km | 3370m · 8th June
Test how fresh the legs feel as you make your way up the Passo Falzarego once again for the start of the second stage. Make sure you use this as your warm up before the upcoming climb over Passo Giau which is often described as one of the toughest climbs in the Dolomites. The GIau is just under 10km in length with an average gradient of 9.3%, but can feel much steeper at points. Trust us, it will be worth it though when you get to enjoy the incredible descent down the other side, knowing you only have one more major climb to complete before you’ve finished this stage.
For the first time ever, the Haute Route Dolomites route will then take riders to Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The ascent begins from the Misurina Lake and climbs up to the “three peaks of Lavaredo”. The last 5km is known to be the toughest on the legs but the view from the top is truly breathtaking and you will feel on top of the world before riding the short distance back to Cortina to recover ahead of the upcoming time trial.