distance: 111Km total vertical gain: 2559m
Stage 2 of the Tour hits the Lefka Ori mountain range from the get go with a challenging but steady grade 1 climb averaging a 4,6% gradient and lasting for 24 kilometers until the elevation reads 810 meters. The climb is challenging enough to be a reward by itself but the scenery surrounding it is jaw-dropping. About 30 hairpins curl together on a cliff-side overlooking a monumental view of the southernmost edge of Chania region meeting the Lybian Sea which touches the horizon. Beyond the peak follows an ideal quick descent into Askyfou plateau and a 5 kilometer flat stretch to spin the legs and recover before the last 2 km climb to exit the plateau and the waving off of the legendary Sfakia region. An enduring 16 km descent will take the peloton through the lush-green Emprosneros village and down to sea level where Feedzone 1 will be waiting for them at Fres’ village square, 46 km in the stage.
Continuing through the undulating terrain of the northern foothills of Lefka Ori, riders will meet three category 3 climbs of about 6 km, 6 km and 9 km respectively, as they pass through numerous traditional villages, olive oil ranges and cypress forests, leading up to Gerolakos vilage and Feedzone 2 at the 72 kilometer mark. Moving on, only a single grade 4 climb stands in the way and then remain the final 24 kilometers of descent and then flatlands towards the finish at the hotel in Platanias, a scenic seaside suburb of Chania town.