The combination of urban flair and magnificent mountain scenery makes Brixen/Bressanone unique. On the one hand, you can wander through the old town of Brixen/Bressanone or visit the Neustift/Novacella monastery and enjoy a glass of Eisacktal valley/Valle Isarco white wine in the open air. On the other hand, beautiful paths lead directly from the city alleys to alpine pastures and on to high peaks of the Dolomites.
After hosting the finish of the first stage of the 2017 Tour of the Alps, and the grand finale of the 2018 edition, Innsbruck will be the finishing venue of the opening stage again in 2021. However, Innsbruck is also an alpine-urban emotion to be experienced. On the one hand, you can walk surrounded by the city's historic buildings. On the other hand, you can enjoy the adventure and the multitude of sporting practices that Alps can offer in every season of the year. A perfect union of culture and sports that makes Innsbruck unique.
The Tour of the Alps 2021 starts off with a climb. The course encloses soft slope which seem designed on purpose for the bravest long-distance attackers, until the road enters Sterzing/Vipiteno. There, after ascending the Eisack/Isarco valleys, the road climbs firmly towards the turns of the Brenner Pass/Passo del Brennero, where the first categorized climb of the 2021 Tour of the Alps is placed. After crossing the Italian-Austrian border, a quick dive will lead to the outskirts of Innsbruck, where riders will continue the race with two laps of a wide circuit characterized by the Axams ascent, the same climb dealt by the riders in the 2019 Innsbruck World Championships’ time trials. The last time atop the hill, located with 18km to the finish line, could become an excellent springboard.