After just a few kilometres, the final stage takes us into neighbouring Austria, where we don't have much time to warm up. The first, and toughest, ascent of the day up to Möggers-Weienried calls on our climbing skills before we reach the Allgäu at Scheidegg. On the subsequent brisk descent into the Rothach Valley we lose some of that elevation gain, but on the other side we have to make it up again. However, the first hill section is over and done with at the Hahnschenkel Pass after around 30 kms, and we now have almost 20 fine-flowing kilometres along the Alpsee to Immenstadt. After crossing the Iller, at the Grünten near Kranzegg, the programme features another bit of climbing fun and we smash the 1,000 m barrier for the first time. The subsequent descent takes us to Wertach, where we roll on at the base of the mountains to Pfronten. In Pfronten-Steinach we cross the border to Austria again, and follow the Vils Valley along the edge of the mountains to where the river joins the Lech, where we continue to roll steadily up the valley through the Außerfern to Reutte. A little further on we leave the Lech Valley behind as we climb to Ehrenberg Castle, where Highline 179, a spectacular suspension bridge, stretches above us. Following the Zwischentoren Valley, in Lähn we pass the highest point on the stage, at approx. 1120 m. The final 30 kms will now be almost a lap of honour, as we ride, purely downhill, through the Ehrwald Basin and the Loisach Valley to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where this 2017 edition of the Epic Climbs Tour of Germany comes to a close.