Only a few hours left before the Tour of the Alps is back. The Euroregional race experienced a different eve in Brixen/Bressanone on Sunday April 18th, but certainly not less intense than usual. On the contrary, it was a very dynamic day, with the whole TotA staff, teams and participants called to undergo the COVID triage for an event that put in the utter commitment to safety from every point of view.
As usual on the Sunday before the start, the top-riders press conference took place, this time in live streaming, featuring Britons Chris Froome (Israel Start-up Nation) and Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) and reigning champion Pavel Sivakov.
The three protagonists voiced their great desire for the Tour of the Alps in different ways: Froome returns for the third consecutive time to live “a race to enjoy”, as he defined it; Yates is ready to test himself for the first time in a race that can enhance his skills; Sivakov looks forward to reaffirming himself in the race that consecrated him two years ago.
“The Tour of the Alps is a tough race with very big athletes at the start, offering a great opportunity for me to refine my form for the Giro d’Italia “. While being on his debut at the race, Simon Yates must be regarded as one of the top favorites, and looks to have very clear mind of what expects him from tomorrow’s first stage, the 140.6 km Bressanone-Innsbruck. “It’s going to be fast and challenging – explained the 29-year-old – and it will be key to be ready in every situation: I expect five very dynamic racing days and I think it will be a fantastic experience “.
For Chris Froome this is the third straight participation at the TotA: he’s got no Giro d’Italia to prepare, but is rather looking for his best condition and pedal stroke, after recovering from the very serious accident we suffered in 2019. “I really like the Tour of the Alps, a race with a lot of climbing – said the four-time winner of the Tour de France. – I am progressing, I feel better and better and I can’t wait to put myself to the test. I will be joined by Dan Martin, who is aiming for the Giro d’Italia, and a very competitive team. The stages are short and intense as usual, but the fourth one seems the decisive one to me.”
“The fourth stage is the queen, but watch out for the second, because you must be ready,” confirmed Pavel Sivakov. The young Russian aims to strengthen his position in the INEOS Grenadiers’ juggernaut hierarchy. “I have wonderful memories of the Tour of the Alps and I am happy to be back – commented the 24-year-old born in San Donà di Piave. – “The form is good after the training camp in Tenerife and the TotA represents a good test for the Giro. Not having Bernal at the race, it doesn’t change so much for me, but it obviously takes some pressure off the team.“
Tomorrow, Monday April 19th, the Tour of the Alps gets underway with the first stage, 140.6 km from Bressanone to Innsbruck (official start at 11.55 AM CET). A stage without long climbs but with a very nervous route, with the uphills to the Brenner Pass and twice to the Axams hill in the finale. In addition to Sivakov, Froome and Yates, Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Romain Bardet and Jai Hindley (Team DSM) and Hugh Carthy (EF Education – Nippo) are also expected to compete for the big honors, as well as Italian Matteo Fabbro (Bora-Hansgrohe).
A world-class Tour of the Alps is in the cards, and this is further testified by its media coverage. More than 100 Countries will be reached by the live coverage of the Euro-regional stage race, thanks to the 2-hour live broadcast produced and distributed by PMG Sport.
Eurosport. Eurosport Player and GCN will deliver world visibility to the five days of great cycling in the Euregio (Europe, East Asia, USA, Canada, South America, Central America, Pacific Area, Indian Subcontinent). In Italy, the race will be broadcast on Raisport, and streamed on Tuttobiciweb, La Repubblica, Federciclismo and the PMG Sport, which will also bring live images to Austria along with K19.at, free for all the Austrian fans. In France and Denmark, Equipe TV and TV2 will once again display live a race that has been producing great audience results in recent years.
THE TOUR OF THE ALPS LIVE
- Stage 1 – Monday, April 19th (14.00-16.00 CET)
- Stage 2 – Tuesday, April 20th (14.00-16.00 CET)
- Stage 3 – Wednesday, April 21st (12.30-14.30 CET)
- Stage 4 – Thursday, April 22nd (14.00-16.00 CET)
- Stage 5 – Friday, April 23rd (14.00-16.00 CET)