Leaving from Nice on Sunday June 18, the Italian border wasn’t far away, at least for those who decided to follow the coast, notably by following the seaside cycle path leading straight to Imperia. Others headed for the mountains, with the Col de la Lombarde or the crests of the Col de Tende for the Italian Attilio. All found themselves back on the flat in the Po Valley, on days 5 and 6 of the adventure.
On the morning of June 20, 3 participants enjoyed the luxury of a private visit to the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, north of Turin. This palace was one of the residences of the Savoy royal family, and was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997. Thanks to Daniele Gonano for the idea of this royal visit!
At the end of a 400 km stage, the group finally arrived on the shores of Lake Orta, to join the finish of this stage 2 of the Sun Trip Alpes 2023. The itineraries on this first Italian stage were varied, and well done!
At 9pm, Chloé George, Lionel Goddard and Alain Ietter were all missing, despite heroic efforts to catch up with the group. Pascal Viennot is still far behind, after a day blocked in Nice for technical reasons. The 4 turn grey on the GPS map, but remain in the adventure.
In the solar challenge rankings, Stéphane Bujadoux remains in the lead for the yellow and blue jerseys (worn by default by Daniele Gonano on stage 3). But it’s clear that the forthcoming stage to the Stelvio will change all that. Stay tuned!
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