Only one day left until the grand opening of the Tour of the Alps: Arco is vibrant, ready for the big event. Many big guns will be running for the big goal – and to earn it, they will need to face a hard and modern route, among breathtaking views: we have all we need for a spectacular 2018 edition. The Euroregional stage race (16th-20th April) organized by GS Alto Garda will set a new record: there will be nine World Teams at the start of the 2018 TotA, led by plenty of overall contenders also for the upcoming Giro d’Italia. Joining the field will be also eight Pro Continental teams, two Continental teams, and the Italian National Team whose captain Nicola Conci is the only athlete from Trentino competing in the race: he will certainly get some very good vibes in his first year as a pro.
The four-time winner of the Tour de France, Chris Froome, will try to give Team Sky the fourth consecutive victory (with different athletes) in the GS Alto Garda race. Nevertheless, he will have to compete against with first-class opponents, such as Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Two talented climbers, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida), will not be sitting and watching either. And watch out for credentialed outsiders like George Bennett (Lotto NL-Jumbo), Leopold König (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data).
140 athletes at the start – the youngest is the almost 19-year-old Austrian Mario Gamper of Tirol Cycling Team, which is the team with the lowest average age (20). The oldest is the almost 38-year-old French Hubert Dupont of AG2R La Mondiale.
All the athletes of the twenty teams at the start will be protagonists on Sunday, April 15th: at 5.30 p.m. the public presentation of the teams at the Casino of Arco will gather fans of the most representative champions of international cycling. One hour before the presentation Chris Froome and Fabio Aru will be attending the traditional press conference of the day before the start.
You just need to look at the provisional startlist to understand the level of prestige and international fame achieved by the Tour of the Alps: there are thirty-four Nations represented at the start, from all the five continents. A symbol of the growing globalization of cycling, but also of the impressive popularity achieved by the Euroregional stage race on a global level.
A symbol that is also mirrored by the media coverage data: over 130 accredited journalists, over 100 countries in which the live streaming by PMG Sport will be broadcast as part of the “Ciclismo Cup” project promoted by the Lega Ciclismo Professionistico (Professional Cycling League): ninety minutes of pure daily entertainment.
The Tour of the Alps will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1 (Europe, Asia, Oceania), RaiSport (Italy), Bike Channel (Italy), ORF (Austria), TV 2 (Denmark), L’Equipe (France), Eleven (North America), FloBikes(North America, Central America, South America), SkySport (New Zealand) and Econet (Africa). Live streaming also on the Facebook page PMG Sport and on the portals Pmgsport.it, Repubblica.it, Gazzetta.it, inbici.net, cicloweb.it, pulsemedia.it, oasport.it, LaPresse.it, Corrieredellosport.it, Tg.la7.it, Federciclismo.it, Tuttobiciweb.it, Cyclingpro.net, SpazioCiclismo.it, CiclismoSport.Go.tv, Mondiali.net and DirettaCiclismo.it.