This stage between Slovenia and Italy started with a day of break around the Slovenian lakes, towards Bled. A day to rest, to tinker and to prepare the next itineraries.
This day of break was also the occasion of a team change for the EDF Team. For the EDF team, the 5 employees who made the journey from Grenoble are replaced by 5 others! The mission is now to reach the finish line in Lyon, on July 9, with the solarmoov.com bikes.
The group continues its route today by making a turn to the West, towards the Italian border to reach the small town of Conegliano tomorrow. A short stage, imagined with our local adventurer of the stage: Daniele Gonano (Team Groupama).
Zoom on Mangart road!
In Slovenia, we also have to zoom in on the Mangart route, which led our best climbers up to 2400 meters of altitude, in a breathtaking scenery. This climb is all the more impressive as it is a dead end, forcing participants to retrace their steps. But what a view at the top for the courageous Emile, Hugo and Kilian!
Further down in the valleys, zoom in on several other participants who are enjoying the Sun Trip in a different way.
On the morning of July 1st, on a relatively short Bled-Conegliano stage, it was interesting to note that the group was very split, with a hat tip to the Swiss Jean-Yves Schneeberger who decided to make the detour to see the Adriatic Sea!
The champion’s detour
It was for fun that Emile the yellow jersey chose to climb Monte Zoncolan, a peak in the Carnic Pre-Alps in the North-East of Italy located at 1750m. No challenge points were registered on this summit, so this effort allowed Hugo the 2nd to tighten the gap of 50 points!
As the stage approaches
The Suntripers enjoy this new, very typical Italian scenery, heading to the capital of Prosecco located in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in the northeast of Italy.
Together in Conegliano
It is on this first day of July that the 32 adventurers arrive at the Ca’ Milone estate. A warm welcome in the heart of the Prosecco region, for a beautiful Italian evening.
We would like to thank Daniele Gonano (Team Groupama) for making this meeting possible, our hosts and the various local actors present during the evening. We had among us representatives of the commune, local authorities, UNESCO, Rotary International and the press.
Emile Rivoire (Team GIANT-Hexatech) was still in the yellow jersey at the start of this big stage, but the gap to the others remains small. Everything is still possible and we should have some nice surprises. To be followed on : https://suntrip.ecosunriders.com