Main city of the East Tyrol (Osttirol), Lienz is located among the Drautal, Pustertal/Val Pusteria and Isertal. Characterized by mild weather, the “sun city” offers many different alternatives for both culture and shopping, attracting many tourists.
With memories from the past still vivid in the city, thanks to 750-year-old Schloss Bruck Castle or to the Liebburg Fortress (today home of the Municipality), Lienz has further increased its popularity thanks to the winter sports areas and to its homonymous Bike Park.
The route for the 5th and final stage is short but tricky, all of it around the city of Lienz. After an easy 30 km, the riders will start climbing towards the Bannberg ascent, from its most challenging side (5,5 km at 10% average gradient).
A steep and twisty descent leads to the start of another tough climb up the Assling, 4km at around 10%. A series of ups and downs and a short downhill take the riders to the intermediate sprint in Anras. Once at the bottom of the valley, the route provides a 15-km breather before another time up the Bannberg climb, this time from the easier side.
A few kilometers of flat terrain lead to Lienz, where the riders cross the finish line for the first time, albeit in the opposite direction to the finish, before entering the final 25 km loop with the Stronach KOM (3 km with double-digit gradients). From the top, there will be 10 km to the finish line: after a 5-km downhill, five kilometers of flat will provide the run in to the last finish of the 2022 Tour of the Alps in Lienz.