With just over 10 days left before an edition as complex as it is exciting and full of protagonists, the Tour of the Alps (19-23 April 2021) further raises the bar by bringing the number of World Tour teams at the start of Bressanone to thirteen, a historical record for the race organized by GS Alto Garda.
Team DSM, the German lineup led by team manager Iwan Spekenbrink, represents the icing on a start list that already included protagonists such as Egan Bernal and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange), Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic), Chris Froome (Israel StartUp Nation), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).
Wearing the black Team DSM jersey, two more contenders join the Tour of the Alps field in French Romain Bardet, second and third at the Tour de France in 2016 and 2017, and Australian Jai Hindley, surprising second in last year’s Giro d’Italia, having worn the Maglia Rosa until the final time trial.
Creating the opportunity to welcome the thirteenth World Tour team was the forfeit of the Italian national team, due to the intense schedule of professional and Under 23 competitions in this period: “Due to the overlapping of different events, in recent days Italian National Team coach Davide Cassani admitted his difficulty in identifying a group of available riders that could be competitive in the top-level challenge of this year’s Tour of the Alps, – Tour of the Alps General Manager Maurizio Evangelista explained. – The scratch of the Italian National Team has put us in the position to reconsider the request of Team DSM, which had expressed its interest in participating a few days earlier.”
“What gratifies us – continues Evangelista – is that more and more teams in the first category look to the Tour of the Alps with ambitions, as a high-profile goal to pursue. Team DSM’s manager Spekenbrink told us that both Bardet and Hindley are very motivated to test themselves on our routes, certainly suitable for two talented riders with great climbing skills.”
The list of the main favorites at the Tour of the Alps 2021 is therefore enriched with new stars, and together with the list is also growing the expectation for the start from Brixen/Bressanone (Südtirol) scheduled for Monday 19 April, with the first stage that will lead the group to Innsbruck (Tirol) after 140,6 km of racing.