Just a few kilometers away from the German border with Bayern, Kuftein is considered the northern edge of the so-called historical Tirol. Overlooked by a characteristic fortress, Kufstein hosts the first, historical start of the Tour of the Alps, in 2017.
Two years after the first, historical start of the Tour of the Alps, Kufstein will host the start and the finish of the 2019 edition’s opening stage. The Tyrolean city is the birthplace musician Karl Ganzer, the composer of the “Kufsteinerlied”, a World-famous song dedicated to Kufstein.
The 2019 TotA starts from Kufstein with a lumpy stage, in spite of the lack of long climbs. The opening stage features two different circuits: the first one, of about 34,5 km, to be repeated three times, followed by a second one to be taken in twice. The first loop unrolls through the Inn valley, and presents a climb to the Mariastein sanctuary (featuring a short stint with gradients grazing 10%), and a second one that alternates gradients and flatter stints to recover. As the race passes on the finish line for the third time, the peloton will tackle a second loop, characterized by two climbs. The first one measures about 3 km, with a 6,5% average gradient, whilst the second and most demanding of the two - about 2 km at a 10% average gradient - will have to be climbed twice in the 13,5 km loop. The first time on the ascent will award KOM points, and only 13 km will be left in the stage when the riders will reach the top for the second time. After the descent, the peloton will rise again - though shortly - to the Marblinger Hohe. From there, only 3 km on descent and 1,5 flat km will separate the leaders from the finish line.