The Tour of the Alps restarts from Trentino, the territory that hosted the final showdown of the 2021 edition. Val di Non’s main town, Cles, the home of the Melinda Consortium (sponsor of the GC leader’s jersey again in 2022), is ready to inaugurate the start of the euro-regional cycling event, hosting the take-off of stage 1, on Monday, April 18th.
The finish line will be in Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza after 159 Km in the shadow of the famous Pale di San Martino. Passo Brocon and Passo Gobbera climbs will be the main hurdles of the stage before a nervous finale, characterized by the steep Via Molaren uphill drag, the final springboard for those targeting the first leader’s jersey.
On Tuesday, April 19th, the riders will face an uphill start in stage 2, of 153 Km from Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza to Lana, in South Tyrol. Right after the start, the highest peak of the 2022 Tour of the Alps, Passo Rolle, awaits the riders. This climb will be followed by the ascents of Mendelpass/Passo della Mendola and Gampenpass/Passo delle Palade before a fast finale to Lana.
Tour of the Alps’ stage 3 will be held entirely in South Tyrol on Wednesday, April 20th, 149 Km from Lana to Niederdorf/Villabassa. The peloton will cross the Pustertal/Val Pusteria, taking in two KOMs, Terenten/Terento and Furkelpass/Passo Furcia, the queen ascents of the 2022 Tour of the Alps, before the following downhill and a slight rise towards the finish line in Niederdorf/Villabassa.
With stage 4 scheduled on Thursday, April 21st, Niederdorf/Villabassa-Kals am Groβglockner, 142 Km, the Tour of the Alps makes its entrance in Tirol through the Pustertal/Val Pusteria. The climbs of Kartitscher Sattel and Gailberg Sattel, including a section in Carinthia, introduce a finale open to many interpretations, characterized by a 12,5-Km climb on the shadow of the highest peak of Austria, the Groβglockner.
The Osttirol, a friend region to the Tour of the Alps since the old Giro del Trentino days, will host stage 5 (Lienz-Lienz, 116 Km), on Friday, April 22nd. The athletes will face the well-known ascent of Bannberg twice, and the tough Stronach hill (3 km with double-digit gradients), never seen in a cycling race before. From the top, there will be 10 km left to the finish line: after a 5-km downhill, five flat kilometers will bring the race to the last finish of the 2022 Tour of the Alps in Lienz.
719 KM AND 13,750 MT ELEVATION GAIN: THE 2022 TOUR OF THE ALPS STAGES
Monday, April 18th
Stage 1: Cles-Primiero/S. Martino di Castrozza, 159 Km
Elevation gain: 2950 m.
Tuesday, April 19th
Stage 2: Primiero/S. Martino di Castrozza-Lana, 153 Km
Elevation gain: 3200 m.
Wednesday, April 20th
Stage 3: Lana-Niederdorf/Villabassa, 149 Km
Elevation gain: 2900 m.
Thursday, April 21st
Stage 4: Niederdorf/Villabassa-Kals am Groβglockner, 142 Km
Elevation gain: 2400 m.
Friday, April 22nd
Stage 5: Lienz-Lienz, 116 Km
Elevation gain: 2300 m.