It is now official: the Tour of the Alps will cross the Europa Bridge during the second stage of the event, on April 18th, starting from Innsbruck and ending in Innervillgraten. “The Tour of the Alps is more than just an important sports event – explained Tyrol Governor Günther Platter, one of the promoters of the new Euro-Regional race – but also symbolizing the cross-border connection between the three regions of Tyrol, Südtirol and Trentino. The ride across the “Europabrücke” has a very special meaning in that way. Tyrol will stage the 2018 UCI World Road Championships 2018, taking the center stage of international cycling.“
“After long negotiations and discussions with the motorway company ASFINAG and the Ministry of Transport, we have achieved that on this Tuesday after Easter, the “Europabrücke” will temporarily be available for cycling,” says Ingrid Felipe, the governor’s deputy. “This is a very strong and positive picture for the Euregio-region. We are confident in the understanding of the car and truck drivers for a short wait.”
According with Josef Geisler, responsible for sports in Tyrol, the Tour of the Alps – also with the crossing of the Europa Bridge – can have a valuable impact for Tyrol, a region renowned as one of the lands of sports. “The first major cycling race in the South-Tyrol, Tyrol and Trentino regions can turn into a classic of international cycling, with a truly incomparable backdrop. We also wish to show that Tyrol is worth a visit not only in winter, with skis, but also in summer on two wheels.”
SHORT CLOSURE OF THE BRENNER MOTORWAY IN THE EUROPA BRIDGE AREA
On April 18th, 2017, the Tour of the Alps’s peloton will come from Patsch and cross the highest bridge in Austria, and leave the motorway at the Schönberg exit. For safety reasons, the Brenner Motorway (A13) will be closed in such section for 30 minutes, in both directions. The lane not directly affected by the race (northbound) will be open again from the Schönberg toll station after ten minutes.
A SPECIAL DAY FOR TIROL CYCLING TEAM
The peloton of the Tour of the Alps is filled with international top teams. The Tirol Cycling Team is the only Austrian team getting a wild card. “We are expecting a great cycling festival through the most beautiful Euregio regions. The tour will be a highlight in international cycling even on its premiere, thanks to the worldwide TV coverage by Eurosport and numerous TV stations. The fact that we get the opportunity to cross the “Europabrücke” is fantastic. This bridge is also an important symbol of our tour, that crosses borders and connects regions,” said Giacomo Santini, President of G.S. Alto Garda, the Tour of the Alps’ organizing company.