The 43rd Tour of the Alps, unfolding through five exciting race days from April 22nd to April 26th, looks to be born under a lucky star. Indeed, the first two editions of the new-brand event, formerly Giro del Trentino, drove for the glory either Geraint Thomas (winner in 2017, one year before the triumph at Tour de France) and Thibaut Pinot (TotA reigning champion and winner at Il Lombardia then).
Moreover, Chris Froome chose the Tour of the Alps to refine his condition on the way to a memorable triumph at the Giro d’Italia last year. In the 2019 edition of the euro-regional stage race, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) aim to follow the Brit rider’s footsteps, trying to be in first line at the Tour of the Alps ahead of hunting the “Maglia Rosa”.
At a time, another Frenchman (as the last winner Thibaut Pinot) joins Tour of the Alps’ contenders, with the goal to claim the fuchsia GC leader jersey. In fact, Warren Barguil will be in the frontline to disrupt the plans of the main favourites, as well as other outsiders like Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Beñat Intxausti (Euskadi-Murias) plan to do.
Big reveal at the 2017 Tour de France, with two stage-wins and the overall KOM’s polka jersey, the 27-year-old Breton will lead the Team Arkéa Samsic on Euregio Tirolo-Alto Adige-Trentino’s roads. Thanks to his climber skills and an attacking style, Barguil can make Tour of the Alps’ contention even more uncertain. “Warren considers the Tour of the Alps as an important seasonal goal – Arkéa Samsic’s Sports Director Roger Trèhin said. – As usual, he will try to inflame the race, showing off his offensive style”.
Well-known for his long-distance breakaways, Barguil celebrated the climax of his career with two Tour de France stage-wins, including the triumph on the legendary Col de l’Izoard, although other two stages won at 2013 Vuelta a España are not to forget.
2019 Tour of the Alps will also give the rising stars the global stage. After the good performances of Colombian Ivan Ramiro Sosa last year, Russian Alexander Vlasov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), 2018 Giro d’Italia U23’s winner and overall fourth at the 2018 Tour de l’Avenir, could have his great chance this time.
Meanwhile, GS Alto Garda’s organizers unveiled Tour of the Alps’ 20 teams’ list, completing the field with Italy’s Team Colpack and Giotti Victoria Palomar and Austria’s Felbemayr-Simplon Wels. Team Felbemayr will come back at the euro-regional race after the good performance of the last edition.
The teams for the 2019 edition:
AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA)
ASTANA PRO TEAM (KAZ)
BAHRAIN MERIDA (BRN)
BORA HANSGROHE (GER)
TEAM SKY (GBR)
CAJA RURAL SEGUROS (ESP)
NIPPO FANTINI FAIZANE’ (ITA)
GAZPROM RUSVELO (RUS)
MANZANA POSTOBON (COL)
NERI-SELLE ITALIA-KTM (ITA)
TEAM ARKEA SAMSIC (FRA)
FELBEMAYR-SIMPLON WELS (AUT)
GIOTTI VICTORIA – PALOMAR (ROM)
TEAM COLPACK (ITA)
TIROL CYCLING TEAM (AUT)
TEAM VORARLBERG-SANTIC (AUT)
2019 Tour of the Alps’ stages
Monday April 22nd, 2019
Stage 1: Kufstein – Kufstein 144,0 km, 2.100 mt elevation gain
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019
Stage 2: Reith im Alpbachtal – Schenna/Scena 178,7 km, 3.050 mt elevation gain
Wednesday April 24th, 2019
Stage 3: Salurn/Salorno – Baselga di Pinè 106,3 km, 2.650 mt elevation gain
Thursday April 25th, 2019
Stage 4: Baselga di Pinè – Cles 134,0 km, 2.730 mt elevation gain
Friday April 26th, 2019
Stage 5: Kaltern/Caldaro – Bozen/Bolzano 147,8 km, 3.100 mt elevation gain