South Tyrol and its visitors are craving sports and outdoor activities. After a tough winter season due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Tour of the Alps, scheduled from April 19th to 23rd, will kick off the summer season. From the standpoint of the regional marketing agency IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige, the Euro-regional cycling event is a driving force for tourism in a region successfully combining Alpine tradition and Mediterranean influences.
After hosting the final act of the #TotA 2019 in Bozen/Bolzano, South Tyrol and Brixen/Bressanone will harbor the start of the 2021 edition of the stage race organized by GS Alto Garda. On Sunday, April 18th, the historic town located in the heart of Valle Isarco will host the preliminary operations and the opening press conference. On Monday, April 19th, the athletes will get off from beautiful Piazza Duomo.
“Tour of the Alps is a shared project of the Euroregion Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino and portrays a strong signal in a time when people are longing to return to travel, enjoy outdoor sports, fulfill their dreams. A spark of hope that denotes a new start,” said Andreas Tschurtschenthaler, Head of PR & Events at IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige.
In the first kilometers of the 140.6 km route finishing in Innsbruck, the caravan will cross the KOM of the Brenner Pass, a significant moment for the Euro-regional race, as it has always been considered a symbol of the union between peoples and a connection between the Mediterranean and Central European culture, just like the Tour of the Alps, helping to embrace the regions of Trentino, South Tyrol and Tyrol with sports as trait d’union.
“Tour of the Alps defines values such as sportsmanship and teamwork, on which the idea of the European Region is funded. During times in which Europe should grow together, the TotA speaks for unity and cooperation. With this in mind, we signed an agreement to create a new European Group of Territorial Cooperation. This builds the foundations for more cross-border initiatives,” added the Director of IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige Wolfgang Töchterle.
South Tyrol will also be under the spotlight during the third and fourth stages. Scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st, the third stage will take the peloton from Imst to Naturns/Naturno along 162 km. After tackling the iconic Reschen Pass, athletes will cycle through the Vinschgau Valley. On the way to Naturns/Naturno, the first Alpine Wellness-certified tourism destination in South Tyrol, riders will have to face the uphills of Tarsch/Tarres, an ideal springboard for an attack at just 18 kilometers from the finish line.
The South Tyrolean resort at the foot of the Sonnenberg will also host the start of the fourth stage on Thursday, April 22nd, the longest of the 2021 TotA, heading towards Valle del Chiese/Pieve di Bono. After the start in Naturns/Naturno, the athletes will immediately face the challenging climb of the Castrin Pass, the summit of the 2021 edition with its 1706 meters, before entering Trentino, the territory hosting the grand finale in Riva del Garda.
TOUR OF THE ALPS’ PROGRAMME IN SOUTH TYROL
Sunday, April 18th (Brixen Forum)
14:00 – Opening Totahaus
14:30-16:30 – Preliminary Operations
15:00-16:30 – Licence Check
16:15 – Press Conference
Monday, April 19th (Stage 1: Brixen/Bressanone – Innsbruck, 140.6 km)
09:50 – Meeting point Brixen/Bressanone – Duomo Square
10:30-11:35 – Sign-on
11:40 – Alignment
11:50 – Neutral Start
11:55 – Official Depart (Km 0)
Wednesday, April 21st (Stage 3: Imst – Naturns/Naturno, 162 km)
14:15 – Arrival Naturns/Naturno – Main street
Thursday, April 22nd (4th stage: Naturns/Naturno – Valle del Chiese/Pieve di Bono, 168,6 Km)
09:00 – Meeting point Naturns/Naturno – Town Hall Street
09:30-10:30 – Sign-on
10:35 – Alignment
10:40 – Neutral Start
10:50 – Official Depart (Km 0)