Good morning from the fifth and last stage of the Tour of the Alps. Today is the day – the spectacular and intriguing course leading from Rattenberg to Innsbruck might bring any surprise, also in consideration of the short gaps between the Fuchsia jersey of French Thibaut Pinot and the closest overall opponents.
It will be a great show thanks both to the beauties of Tyrol and the fact that the final part of the stage will be run on a portion of the upcoming UCI Road World Championships’ circuit.
The decisive stint will features three times up the Olympia Climb, leaving the final outcome still very open to surprises, and up an intense finale for this Tour of the Alps’ edition.
At the start of the stage, UAE Emirates has received the Team Up Award – Souvenir Michele Scarponi for their collective effort in stage 4.
Today on Innsbruck’s finishing line, at 12.30, a special commemoration for Michele Scarponi will happen, celebrated by the Bishop of Innsbruck, with Michele’s parents in attendance.
Meeting place: Rattenberg, Tirolerstrasse, h 9:00
Depart: Rattenberg, B171, h 10:40
Finish: Innsbruck, Rennweg, h 15:10
Antidoping Control: Congress Centre, Rennweg 3 (Finish, right side)
Feed Zone: Brixlegg, km 74,8
Intermediate Sprint: Mariastein, km 33,6
KOM: Alpbach (1a Cat., km 64,1), Olimpia Climb (2a Cat., km 138,1)
Permanence: Congress Centre, Rennweg 3
THE STARTING LINE: RATTENBERG
Rattenberg is Austria’s smallest city, with only around 400 inhabitants and 0,11 kmq. The residents live here out of conviction, in spite of the absence of things that are common in any neighborhood, like gardens, garages and cellars. The medieval town has plenty to offer, with its architecture, the Augustinermuseum, the Schlossberg and a number of glass-working craft laboratories.
ON THE ROAD
Along the route you should definitely make a stopover in Alpbach. With its solid wood architecture and the lush ower decorations, it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Austria. The city of Alpbach is located at exactly 1000 meters above sea level and is the ideal starting point for some fascinating hikes in the Kitzbühel Alps. Both in Winter and Summer, the Alpbachtal is a popular destination for family holidays.
THE STAGE TASTE
The Tirol region has a very diverse gastronomical scene, offering both international restaurants and traditional cuisine. In local taverns, typical delicacies can be tasted such as Kasspatzln, Knödel with various llings, Tiroler Gröstl, or Brettljause with Speck, cheese and farmhouse bread. And obviously, also desserts shouldn’t be missed. Austrians love their sweets and enjoy them both as course at the end of a meal, or in the afternoon with a cup of coffee.
The landmark of Innsbruck is the “Golden Roof” (Goldenes Dachl), commissioned by Emperor Maximilian in 1497. The roof of the late-Gothic bay window is covered with 2,657 shingles of re-gilded copper, which shine bright on sunny days. Under the reign of Maximilian, Innsbruck became a rich and vibrant urban center of the Habsburg Empire.
THE FINISH: INNSBRUCK
The capital of Tyrol has 130.000 inhabitants and combines alpine tradition and urban modernity. Along with a diverse cultural offer, sports are central in Innsbruck. The city is known worldwide for having hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice. Making Innsbruck unique is the fact that, in only 20 minutes from the city center, it is possible to reach an altitude of 2334 meters on the Karwendel Mountains. Another highlight is a stunning view over the city from the ski jumping hill.
Innsbruck will host the UCI Road World Championships from the 22nd to the 30th of September 2018. Austria has hosted the Road World Championships twice in the past: in 1987 in Villach, and in 2006 in Salzburg. Both times, absolute stars came out on top: Irishman Stephen Roche (1987) and Italian Paolo Bettini (2006).
Very sunny day, with temperatures taken over this period’s average and daily maximum temperatures between 21 and 29.