Tour of the Alps
April 17th to 21st
The preparations for the Tour of the Alps are proceeding at full speed, on the way to the first edition of the new event stepping in the wake of the prestigious, 40-year-long history of Giro del Trentino. The International 2.HC stage race, born under the aegis of Euregio Tirol-Trentino-Alto Adige, will be run from April 17 to 21. The new project carries a significant deal of meanings beyond sports: the event trespasses the borders, enhancing the shared values of the Euro-regional areas – nature, history, culture, environmental sensibility.
As a race, the Tour of the Alps will follow the steps of Giro del Trentino and the traditional technical characteristics that make it a highly-spectacular and demanding tour, ideal for climbers looking for a key dress rehearsal ahead of the Giro d’Italia. Austria will host the start of the new event: based on the yearly rotation among the three territories. Tirol will stage the depart of the 2017 edition, even more significant as it comes just more than a year before the 2017 Road World Championships in Innsbruck.
(https://tourofthealps.eu/media/upload/2017/02/Tour-of-the-Alps_1-tappa.png)After the pre-race checks and the teams’ presentation, the first stage will start in Kufstein. The beginning of the stage will be run on a loop to the Walchsee lake, and then back to Kufstein. Then, the race will continue through the Inn river valley up to Kramsach, where an intermediate sprint is placed, and then will turn right by the river’s banks.
Soon after, the two categorized climbs of the day come at short distance from each other: short but tough ascents followed by technical descents on the way back to Kramsach. The lumpy route follows through the Inn valley on the way to Innsbruck, before tackling the final climb to Hungerber: might be a day for punchy stage hunters, rather than GC favorites.
(https://tourofthealps.eu/media/upload/2017/02/Tour-of-the-Alps_2-tappa.png)Innsbruck’s city center welcomes the second start of the Tour of the Alps. For the Tyrolean capital, it’s an important dress rehearsal for what’s coming in 2018, when it will host the Cycling Road World Championships. After the neutral start, the riders will rider for 15 km through the city and the climb to Patsch, where the official start will be given. The peloton will reach the Italian border on the Brenner pass, where the first KOM will be place. A fast descent will bring the race to Fortezza, and then through the Val Pusteria/Pustertal to Prato della Drava and the Austrian border. As the peloton returns to Austria, the riders will find the intermediate sprint in Sillian, and then a 16 km way down to Lienz before bending to the left towards the second categorized climb of the day, St. Justina. After passing through Anras, one of the stage finishes of last year’s Giro del Trentino Melinda, the riders will return to the state highway and back to Sillian. From there, the race will cross the Villgratental up to Innervillgraten, where the stage finish is placed.
(https://tourofthealps.eu/media/upload/2017/02/Tour-of-the-Alps_3-tappa.png)From downtown Villabassa, the race crosses the Val Pusteria/Pustertal once again to reach Brunico, and from there through the Val Badia on the way to San Martino in Badia. There starts the 15-km ascent to the Passo delle Erbe, the first categorized climb of the day. A 20-km descent will follow: the first section is very narrow and technique, then leaving way to a faster stretch on the road to Sant’Andrea.
A false flat section will bring the peloton to the intermediate sprint in Luson. There starts an unprecedented ascent in cycling: the 12 km climb – with maximum gradient of almost 20% - to the Alpe di Rodengo, second KOM of the day. A technical descent will lead to Rio Pusteria, then the road keeps going down through Bressanone to Chiusa, where the 9 km climb to the finish in Funes will start. By the end of the stage, the name of the final GC contenders will certainly be clear.
(https://tourofthealps.eu/media/upload/2017/02/Tour-of-the-Alps_4-tappa.png)The beautiful Piazza Walther, in Bolzano city center, will host the preliminary operations. From Bolzano, the peloton will ride through the Bassa Atesina to Lainburg’s Experimental Center, where the riders will tackle the short climb to Novale al Varco.
A short descent will bring the race to the Caldaro Lake, and then back up to Appiano sulla Strada del Vino, where the first categorized climb of the day, the 14-km Mendola Pass, will begin. From the top, a quick descent to Sarnonico will introduce the riders on the former Trofeo Melinda’s routes; an intermediate sprint will also be placed at the second passage in Sarnonico.
Late in the stage, the 6 km-long Forcella di Brez will be the second categorized of the day. After a first passage in Cles, the peloton will move to Tassullo and, after Nanno’s climb, return to Cles for the stage finish.
(https://tourofthealps.eu/media/upload/2017/02/Tour-of-the-Alps_5-tappa.png)The main square of Smarano, in the Predaia municipality, will welcome the peloton for the final stage. A quick descent through the Valle di Non will take the riders to the Rocchetta, before they start climbing towards Andalo and Molveno. After passing through San Lorenzo in Banale, the route turns right to Stenico, and then down on the Caffaro’s state highway for a short stretch before turning left.
After a 6-km ascent, the riders reach the first KOM of the day, the Passo del Duron. The descent to Fiavè will lead to the foot of the Passo del Ballino: the climb and the following descent will take the riders into the Garda Trentino, passing through Riva del Garda, Nago-Torbole (including the short and steep Nago Vecchia climb), and then down to Arco for the last intermediate sprint of the race, dedicated to the city of the G.S. Alto Garda, the organizing company of the Giro del Trentino and – now – of the Tour of the Alps.
Passing through the Valle di Cavedine, the race will reach Lasino, where the last categorized climb of the race, the 22-km ascent to Vason di Monte Bondone, will begin. A fast descent will bring the riders to Trento, passing through the western part of the city to the Gottarda circuit up to Mattarello, where the 3-km Novaline climb is placed: the last sting, just 10 km away from the finishing line in Piazza Duomo, in the heart of Trento.
The 2017 Tour of the Alps will feature 18 teams at the start and see renowned international cyclists racing on the Tirol, Sudtirol and Trentino’s streets and mountains. The lineup includes 2016 Giro del Trentino’s winner Mikel Landa (Team Sky).
A total of 144 cyclists will compete in the event, with 7 UCI World Teams to be joined by 7 Professional Teams, 3 Continental Teams and 1 National team.
Among the participants will be not only Landa, but also guys like #astana Fabio Aru, #fdj Thibaut Pinot, #cannondale Davide Formolo and #sky Geraint Thomas & Diego Rosa. So it should be quite a good edition.
- #ag2r AG2R LA MONDIALE
- #astana ASTANA PRO TEAM
- #bmc BMC RACING TEAM
- #bora BORA – HANSGROHE
- #cannondale CANNONDALE – DRAPAC
- #fdj FDJ
- #sky TEAM SKY
- #androni ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI
- #aquablue AQUA BLUE SPORT
- #bardiani BARDIANI CSF
- #cajarural CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS ESP
- #gazprom GAZPROM – RUSVELO
- #nippo NIPPO – VINI FANTINI
- #wilier WILIER TRIESTINA
- #bikeaid BIKE AID
- #sangemini SANGEMINI - MG. K VIS
- #tirol TIROL CYCLING TEAM
- #teamit ITALY
The stage race will be aired live on TV and online streaming (pc and mobile) in over 70 countries.
The iconic Euro-regional event will debut on the international scale with a 1h30 daily live coverage and around 8 hours overall. Also Eurosport joined the panel of the rights holders, guaranteeing its Pan-Europe exposure (with the sole exception of UK, covered by Bike Channel). More leading European broadcasters such as Raisport (Italy), Equipe TV (France), TV2 (Denmark) and probably ORF (Austria) will display the race,