Caldaro/Kaltern, a pleasant small town in the Überetsch, is wonderfully located along the famous wine road. The wine village is well known especially for its lake, the warmest bathing lake in the Alps. At the same time, Kaltern lies at the foot of the Mendola mountain range, which offers another attraction – the Mendola cable car, one of Europe’s steepest funiculars.
The Capital of Südtirol, Bolzano/Bozen will host the final showdown of the 2019 Tour of the Alps. Its area is regarded as the one with the highest density of castles in Europe. Bolzano/Bozen ranked third in the Italian cities ranking for the quality of life.
A short neutralized transfer Caldaro/Kaltern will take the peloton to the KM 0 by the Lago di Caldaro/Kalternsee. The riders will head toward Termeno/Tramin and then reach Egna/Neumarkt to tackle the short but challenging ascent to Montagna/Montan. The descent to Ora/Auer will lead out to another passage through Caldaro/Kaltern before entering the SS 43m, that will take the race to Bolzano/Bozen for the first time. After crossing the city, the race follows the SS 12 to Ponte Gardena/Waidbruck, then will turn left for a demanding and panoramic ascent to Barbiano/Barbian. The road goes up inconsistently, with short stints with double-digit grandients, until reaching the sunny plateau of Collalbo/Klobestein. A long descent on a wide roads with open turns will take the riders back to Bolzano/Bozen, passing on the finish line for the first time with 45 km to go. Just out of Bolzano/Bozen, it will be time for the hard and spectacular ascent to San Genesio/Jenesien, the last categorized climb of the 2019 Tour of the Alps, and from there - alternating short descents and uphill drags up to 13%, up to the Altopiano del Salto. Only 25 km will be left to the finish line of the final TotA stage, 16 mostly on descent and the last 9 on flat roads until the grand finale in Piazza Vittoria/Siegesplatz.