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Tour of the Alps
« on: April 22, 2019, 08:02 »
Tour of the Alps

April 22nd to 26th

Three years after the foundation of the euroregional project, the Tour of the Alps has established among the most important events in the International calendar, regularly attended by the cycling’s top riders. After launching Geraint Thomas towards the glory in the stage races culminating in Tour de France’s triumph, and uplifting Thibaut Pinot’s career, the stage race, formerly Giro del Trentino, wishes to confirm itself as an ideal springboard in view of the Giro d’Italia.

In that sense, the euro-regional event has a remarkable track record, as lastly confirmed by Chris Froome, who last year chose the Tour of the Alps to refine his condition on the way to a memorable first Giro d’Italia overall win. This time it could be the turn of Vincenzo Nibali and Rafal Majka, the main contenders of the 2019 edition.

With 20 teams at the start, the confirmation of its peculiar technical formula, made by fifth short and intense stages, and an extensive media coverage that will bring out the race to 100 Countries, the Tour of the Alps sets up for exciting challenges in the beauty of the Euregio-Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino.



22.04. Stage 1: Kufstein (AUT) - Kufstein (AUT) (144,0 km)


23.04. Stage 2: Reith im Alpbachtal (AUT) - Schenna/Scena (178,7 km)


24.04. Stage 3: Salurn/Salorno - Baselga di Pinè (106,3 km)


25.04. Stage 4: Baselga di Pinè - Cles (134,0 km)


26.04. Stage 5: Kaltern/Caldaro - Bozen/Bolzano (147,8 km)


The ~pdf start list looks a bit unbalanced, but let's see how it goes:
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #1 on: April 22, 2019, 08:56 »
    It's weird how every other La Flamme Rouge race profile includes climb length and gradients, but for this race it ain't there. Since they're the official supplier of profiles etc for the race we can only assume the race organizers told them not to put those details in.

     :S

    However we do know the name of every town/village/hamlet they go through.
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #2 on: April 22, 2019, 09:11 »
    yeah, the deatils of the climbs are all in the roadbook, but I also found it a bit odd that they don't show up on the profile as well.

    This is the final climb today btw:



    from the top of it it's 13k to go to the finish. Parts of the descent look steep and technical.
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #3 on: April 23, 2019, 08:17 »
     The race hits it's highest point today. Just a pity that the big climb is so far from the finish.
    Still, it might take enough out of the legs to make the final drag decisive. That looks to be around the 5km at 5% mark.

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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #4 on: April 23, 2019, 08:40 »
    Still, it might take enough out of the legs to make the final drag decisive. That looks to be around the 5km at 5% mark.

    a bit steeper it is, especially in the end:

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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #5 on: April 23, 2019, 23:14 »
    so, today's stage 2 -  the results:


    plus points for the duel for the climbing jersey on the Passo Giovo/Jaufenpass: #euskadi Sergio Sametier and #neri Edoardo Zardini - great fun to watch their faces (Sametier won in the end).

    Seems like the big chiefs (#sky Froome, #bahrain Nibali)are happy to let the young ones battle it out for this race.

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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #6 on: April 24, 2019, 22:30 »
    Stage 3 was another interesting one, with #bora Majka and #bahrain Nibali attacking on the final climb, and only #sky Sivakov, Hart & Froome, #astana Hirt and #androni Cattaneo able to follow.

    Chris Froome himself was degraded to domestique duties then, and as the pace he set wasn't particularly high, others were able to close in again on the false flat to the finish, including #androni Fausto Masnada, who then timed his attack perfectly to win his first stage in Europe.



    Initially #nippo Marco Canola and #teamit Simone Ravanelli were listed in 12th and 14th, but later on both were disqualified for taking a shortcut through the rounadbout within the final kilometer of the race.

    I didn't find any pictures of the incident, but this must be where it happened, a moment after the group of favourites went through:



    Taking the long way took this group 8 seconds, so a complete disqualification from the race (instead of a time penalty, for example) looks like a pretty harsh penalty, as the time gain was probably less than 5 seconds or so. Canola also said that he did it by mistake (may be true or not, no idea), and apologized right afterwards.
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #7 on: April 25, 2019, 06:45 »
    Froome seems to be either in or just out of a heavy training period. He looks more like Nibali used to do, not showing any form at all until much closer to his season objectives. The days of the season-long peak winning everything before TdF are long gone. Nibali on the other hand seems moderately active, and his days of peaking only for the third week of the Giro could also be a thing of the past.
    Neither of the chiefs show everything they have here. Possibly a better race without them, with more eager princes to contest each other?
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #8 on: April 25, 2019, 08:52 »
    Nibali looks better again, yeah, Slongo also said that the altitude training went very well, and he set up a new record on his training climb or something like that. He should be fine for Liege on Sunday, and there's another chance to go for a result today:



    with these two climbs over the day:



    Also the little bump into Cles in the end is a tough one, at over 10% average for 1.2k:


    https://veloviewer.com/segments/19128325

    Only ~3k to go from the top, slightly downhill, and non-technical.
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #9 on: April 25, 2019, 13:03 »
    I didn't find any pictures of the incident, but this must be where it happened, a moment after the group of favourites went through:



    Taking the long way took this group 8 seconds, so a complete disqualification from the race (instead of a time penalty, for example) looks like a pretty harsh penalty, as the time gain was probably less than 5 seconds or so. Canola also said that he did it by mistake (may be true or not, no idea), and apologized right afterwards.
    Do I get this right that the 'official' route was turning left and going around 270° to then go onto the road on the right?
    That's just silly. Especially in a country with right-lane traffic, where the normal way around a roundabout is to turn right.
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #10 on: April 25, 2019, 13:38 »
    Do I get this right that the 'official' route was turning left and going around 270° to then go onto the road on the right?

    yeah. To be fair, the corner exit would have been fairly narrow otherwise, and they probably wanted to be on the safe side in case a bigger group of riders arrived together.
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #11 on: April 26, 2019, 10:48 »
    Stage 4 Result:



    Final stage today, with this monster as the final climb.



    Still 30k to go from the top, but in bad weather, by the look of it. If Majka and Nibali don't plan to save themself for Liege, this is likely to end up in a very tough day for the Sky youngsters currently holding 1-2 in gc.
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    Re: Tour of the Alps
    « Reply #12 on: April 27, 2019, 20:01 »
    Nice wins for Sivakov and Hart. Nibali should be a contender in il Giro.
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