Admittedly, the two-part Lombarde ascent was coitus interruptus of the nastiest sort. Today we have the end section, which is no longer used as a feeder for ski tourists so it has a completely different, lonelier character. That's followed by the long descent to Vinadio, and we follow the Stura di Demonte downriver. In actual fact, we could branch off to the Colle dei Morti in Demonte, but then we'd miss out on the most beautiful climb to the pass, that is, from the east. So we ride on almost as far as Cuneo, almost out of the Alps, in order to attack this east face. First we come to the Colle d'Esischie, from where we scale the Morti as a dead-end, as it were. Then we head north down to Marmora. As the tourist infrastructure here is very sparse, today we’ll have to make do with less comfortable accommodation and all sleep in multi-bed rooms – on the plus side, we’ll be lodging with genuine, friendly Italian hosts.<italic>Variants:</italic>Anyone wanting to save their legs a little can ride the south ascent of the Colle dei Morti instead of the east, though it's not so spectacular. The short stage has 78 kms / 2100 m EG. The climb to the Santuario di Sant'Anna di Vinadio adds 5 kms and 250 m EG to that.