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New passes to the wine trail - This is a completely new stage, as exciting as it is challenging.
For the first time, the route crosses the Penser Joch - on a little-used road from Sterzing into the Sarntal valley.
The pass approaching from Sterzing is more winding and steeper than the one on the other side.
Therefore, the descent in Sarntal is comparatively smooth and less steep - in the midst of blooming mountain meadows, it is quite nice to ride.
Further on, out of the Sarntal through some new and bright tunnels up to the city limit of Bolzano.
At the gates of the provincial capital, the second ascent begins via Jenesien to the Schermoos - Sattel.
At first, the views over the bustling city - and later the tranquillity of further alpine meadows can be enjoyed.
The descent also offers a beautiful view to the Etsch and the wide valley full of plantations.
The winegrowing reigns the landscape on the wine road from Eppan up to Kaltern.