Punta Veleno sets Colombians on fire: “This climb will be a legend” 2012
Colombia-Coldeportes' riders and Trentino's Moreno Moser, Daniel Oss and Alessandro Bertolini test the final of next Giro del Trentino's 3rd stage1/30/12
Punta Veleno is for mountain people. Such as the Colombia-Coldeportes’ riders who are having their training camp in Torbole sul Garda, and Trentino’s Moreno Moser, Daniel Oss and Alessandro Bertolini, who – despite not being pure climbers – did not miss a chance to test the finale of the third stage of 2012 Giro del Trentino (April 17th-20th), on an unedited climb that earned great curiosity for its high degree of difficulty, so much that many consider it to be the real key stage of the Trentino’s stage race, even more important than the uphill finish on Pordoi Pass on the following – and final – day.
Lina and Nerino Ioppi – representing GS Alto Garda – wouldn’t miss such a happy day, closed in Brenzone, on the Veneto’s bank of the Lake Garda, with polenta and good wine “We are awed by the entushiasm “our” stage is collecting – said Rinaldo Sartori, mayor of Brenzone – and we are sure this climb will not disappoint any expectation. We are confident Punta Veleno will become an important grand tour climb, and will turn into a familiar one for the biggest protagonists in cycling”.
The riders climbed for three-fourths of the whole lenght of the ascent, when snow forced them to step down, but the test’s outcome was pretty clear though: “It’s a very tough ascent, no doubt about that – stated two-time Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni, one of the special guests of the day – I have never faced it on bike, but it looks very clear. We are up for a great show”.
The athletes’ comments were unanimous: this 8,5 km climb, with gradient peaking at 20%, is a huge obstacle to face. The Colombians, who are used to climbing – tackled it in attacking fashion: “Cold made the effort even bigger – exciting young prospect Esteban Chaves said – but I think the climate will be different in April. There are several good places for a fierce acceleration, but you have to be cautious in order not to suffer on distance”.
Home riders Moreno Moser, Daniel Oss and Alessandro Bertolini were not so enthusiastic, but they wanted to challenge the dreadful slopes despite not being pure climbers: “It is an incredibly hard climb - Bertolini confessed – very well suited for agile and light athletes. Not the Zoncolan nor Plan de Corones can live up with it, even though we are so close to the Lake. It’s going to be a big surprise for many”.
Claudio Corti, Colombia Coldeportes General Manager, thanked Brenzone’s municipality, Giro del Trentino’s organizers and the press for the way his team was welcomed in Trentino. “My riders are spending wonderful days on Lake Garda. We hope this is the start of a brilliant season for us”.