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Tour of the Alps
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Tour of the Alps[1]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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,
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    « Reply #1 on: April 10, 2017, 12:43 »
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    « Reply #2 on: April 10, 2017, 16:45 »

    Is "Tour of the Alps - not for epileptics" their new slogan? :P
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #3 on: April 11, 2017, 17:02 »
    mostly name changes etc don´t really worry me, but this name is really sh*t
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #4 on: April 11, 2017, 17:05 »
    mostly name changes etc don´t really worry me, but this name is really sh*t

    way better than the initially proposed "Euregio Tour" name though
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    « Reply #5 on: April 11, 2017, 17:09 »
    way better than the initially proposed "Euregio Tour" name though

    a well main point again search
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    « Reply #6 on: April 11, 2017, 17:55 »
    mostly name changes etc don´t really worry me, but this name is really sh*t

    Could be worse. Could be the 'One Day of Dunquerke'.

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    « Reply #7 on: April 11, 2017, 18:11 »
    way better than the initially proposed "Euregio Tour" name though
    Let's call it "EuregiRo Tour delle Alpi präsentiert von Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino"! :lol
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    « Reply #8 on: April 13, 2017, 09:51 »
    Tour of the Alps press release:

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    Allez, Pinot! French star aims big at Tour of the Alps

    It is going to be a fascinating and appealing challenge, the most proving test in view of the Giro d’Italia. The Tour of the Alps (April 17th-21st) prepares for the big battle between the Team Sky’s juggernaut, BMC Racing Team’s Australian Rohan Dennis and French climber Thibaut Pinot. The Frenchman will be one of the men to watch on the climbs, particularly after Fabio Aru’s scratch due a nasty crash during a training camp in Spain.

    The 26-year-old athlete, overall third in the 2014 Tour de France, has started the 2017 season claiming a stage win at the Vuelta Valenciana and an excellent overall third place at Tirreno-Adriatico, showing brilliance in the climbs and great improvements in the time trials.

    Attracted by the demanding course charted by G.S. Alto Garda’s organizers, the FDJ rider will look to test himself in view of the upcoming Giro d’Italia, a race he will start for the first time. Passo delle Erbe, the unknown Alpe di Rodengo, Forcella di Brez and Monte Bondone will be inviting springboards for the French climber, who lived in Italy the first highs of his pro’ career in 2011, finishing third at Tre Valli Varesine and winning the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda.

    After Aru’s scratch for both the Tour of the Alps and the Giro d’Italia, Italy sees its chances decrease, but don’t count out Michele Scarponi, who will pick up the baton from Aru as Astana leader, and the leader of the other French Team in the race, Ag2R-La Mondiale: Domenico Pozzovivo. Giro del Trentino’s king in the 2012 edition after conquering the extreme Punta Veleno, has set a trend of giving the best of his qualities at this time of the year.

    The French movement will be in the spotlight at the Tour of the Alps, 20 years after the only success in the Giro del Trentino history, claimed by Luc Leblanc back in 1997, when the race ended up in Lienz. This time, the Tirol region will host the first two stages of the new cycling event, that will be aired in France with a 1h30 daily live coverage and 8 hours overall thanks to Equipe 21, the TV channel of the most important French sports newspaper.

    ~pdf provisional startlist
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    « Reply #9 on: April 17, 2017, 08:58 »
    ~pdf final startlist

    no #sky Rosa unfortunately, but it looks alright, if Landa, Pinot, Scarponi, Bernal, Pozzovivo and so on turn up in some kind of shape, it should be a fun race

    today's stage finish:

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    « Reply #10 on: April 17, 2017, 13:09 »
    3rd time this year Sky start with 3/4ths of a normal team after Abu Dhabi and Coppi e Bartali

    Am I the only one who thinks this shows a major lack of respect for the race and other teams?
    It's not like they're struggling to field a full team because of countless injuries and illnesses like Giant last year, they just can't be bothered. Training > racing. So why put those races on your calendar? Why not give another team a chance, perhaps a Pro Conti or Conti team, with many riders that would kill to ride such a race?
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #11 on: April 17, 2017, 13:42 »
    3rd time this year Sky start with 3/4ths of a normal team after Abu Dhabi and Coppi e Bartali

    Am I the only one who thinks this shows a major lack of respect for the race and other teams?
    It's not like they're struggling to field a full team because of countless injuries and illnesses like Giant last year, they just can't be bothered. Training > racing. So why put those races on your calendar? Why not give another team a chance, perhaps a Pro Conti or Conti team, with many riders that would kill to ride such a race?

    Has any reason been given for Rosa or Viviani not starting after they'd been on the provisional start list?
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    « Reply #12 on: April 17, 2017, 17:31 »
    Has any reason been given for Rosa or Viviani not starting after they'd been on the provisional start list?
    Not that I know of.
    Riders 'disappeared' from the startlist of those other races I mentioned as well.
    Maybe organizers will ask questions if even the provisional line-up only consists of 6 riders?
    Remember, this is the same team that had Kenny fly in last minute for TDU.
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    « Reply #13 on: April 17, 2017, 22:14 »
    no idea how it works exactly, but the other day I read an interview with some French rider, saying he'd be happy to return to whatever race, because the year before he was sick and only went there to sign in (and abandon instantly), because otherwise his team would not have been allowed to compete. So there seem to be some kind of rules
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    « Reply #14 on: April 17, 2017, 22:24 »
    So there seem to be some kind of rules
    You have to send in your roster containing a certain number of riders 72 hours before the start of the race at the latest. For races that #sky do, this is normally a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 6. You could just file the minimum 6 - but then you'd have to bring all those six riders to the race, even if it's only pro-forma like in search's anecdote, to be allowed to participate, no matter what condition the rider is in.

    Sending in a roster of 8 'allows' them to have two riders be on the startlist as 'reserves', in case one of the 6 riders that are supposed to start gets sick or whatever, replacing him even in the last three days.

    This is a very "Sky" way of doing things: It's not technically against the rules as they are written, but it is most definitely against the spirit of the rules.
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #15 on: April 17, 2017, 22:35 »
    This is a very "Sky" way of doing things: It's not technically against the rules as they are written, but it is most definitely against the spirit of the rules.

    Have to say it does sound like a very Sky attitude Lukas, and I agree with your comment too Flo - I find it disrespectful.  It's that whole line thing again #rightuptoit.

    Also I have no idea what the rules say...but don't teams get to list 'reserves'... or is that only in some races?
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    « Reply #16 on: April 18, 2017, 08:12 »
    Have to say it does sound like a very Sky attitude Lukas, and I agree with your comment too Flo - I find it disrespectful.  It's that whole line thing again

    Me too.
    Looking at tomorrow's Fleche startlist and so far only 3 names have been confirmed.
    Kind of ironic, though not unexpected that their only forthcoming full roster is for Romandie.
    Illness or injury might have accounted for Rosa, but Viviani is already penciled in for the Swiss race.
    Sending three quarters of a team to support their leader's in their final warm up race before the Giro is so poor.
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    « Reply #17 on: April 18, 2017, 08:24 »


    Fun little final yesterday I even watched it live

    the 2 Italians left in the break made it entertaining until the final hit up, where team Frankie got his 1st win in 6 years and looks in form for the Giro at 952 years old
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    « Reply #18 on: April 18, 2017, 08:35 »
    well, back to racing, yep. Today's finish, mapped my @raffilpt:



    so that penultimate climb is tough, 4,5k at >8% average - sure, still ~20km away from the finish, but it could be decisive
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    « Reply #19 on: April 18, 2017, 08:54 »
    1st 44 km of todays stage has been cut off due to Snow
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    « Reply #20 on: April 18, 2017, 09:27 »
    are they still racing to the top of the final climb?
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    « Reply #21 on: April 18, 2017, 09:29 »
    are they still racing to the top of the final climb?

    not any info yet that I have seen
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    « Reply #22 on: April 18, 2017, 09:29 »
    yeah, that seems to be the plan at least. It's not really a climb though, last time they finished here the stage was won by #barloworld Robbie Hunter in a ~60 men sprint.

    Back then they didn't do the St. Justina climb before - but if anyone wants a selection, it needs to be done early, not on the final climb
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    Just saying
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    « Reply #24 on: April 18, 2017, 14:41 »


    World is mad BMC keep on winning
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    « Reply #25 on: April 18, 2017, 18:12 »
    there was no live coverage today as the plane couldn't depart. Very short highlights are available here though.

    Tomorrow's stage had to be altered as well due to the weather conditions. This means: no Würzjoch :(



    those two climbs will remain though:

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    « Reply #26 on: April 18, 2017, 18:37 »
    Sorry, but I just don't see the disrespect thing. If the rules say your team must be between 6-8 and they decide to go with 6, so what? It's not like they're turning up with total scrubs to this race or just pootling around.

    Much worse than "disrespecting" the race is not riding it all. Where are the quasi-Italian WT teams of Bahrain and UAE?
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    « Reply #27 on: April 18, 2017, 20:22 »
    “I think with my legs today, if I feel the same, I don’t think there’s a reason why I wouldn’t be able to be in the top-1 tomorrow. I think I just have to not think too much. The toughest pass isn’t the finish of the race, I have to remind myself that. I have to make it to the top of the climb and hope I’m still in contention for the GC at the end of it.”

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    « Reply #28 on: April 18, 2017, 22:22 »
    Also I have no idea what the rules say...but don't teams get to list 'reserves'... or is that only in some races?
    They do get to list reserves on their provisional roster, to be sent in some weeks in advance - up to 50% of the riders scheduled to ride. So for this race, 8 riders + 4 reserves.
    But with 72 hours to go, you have to send in your final roster. No changes after that point, although organisers sometimes allow you to switch an injured/sick rider for another one if it happened within those 72 hours. But that's purely down to the organiser's goodwill.[1]

    Sorry, but I just don't see the disrespect thing. If the rules say your team must be between 6-8 and they decide to go with 6, so what? It's not like they're turning up with total scrubs to this race or just pootling around.
    Deciding to go with 6 would be perfectly alright.
    The problem is that their final roster at the 72-hour deadline listed 8 riders, and they then only show up to race with 6 of them. That is disrespectful.
     1. By the way, in 2015, the Giro del Trentino made #cult start with only five riders when they had lots of injuries and asked to be let out of the contract to race - the organiser was adamant they'd have to show up.
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