The cycling road season is yet to start, but the Tour of the Alps is already cruising towards the 2021 edition (April 19-23), with now less than 100 days to its first start in South Tyrol, in Brixen/Bressanone.
On Friday, January 22nd, at 5 PM CET, the Tour of the Alps will unveil its lineup of teams and champions for the 2021 edition: the presentation will be aired in live streaming on #TotA’s website, Youtube and Facebook channels, as well as on the PMG Sport platforms. Riders, managers and personalities will also take part in the presentation, introducing an edition with many themes of interest.
The requests to join the race in the Euregio – Tyrol, South Tyrol/Alto Adige and Trentino – have reached new heights in terms of volume and quality of application teams, leading GS Alto Garda to exceptionally increase the number of participating outfits to 22, including a significant share of UCI World Teams. An ideal springboard for the Giro d’Italia contenders, the Tour of the Alps confirms its established formula made of short and challenging routes.
It is not by chance that the list of winners of this race is populated by standout names of World cycling. Geraint Thomas took the win in 2017, launching his ambitions in stage races, eloquently fulfilled with his Tour the France triumph in 2018.
In 2018, Thibaut Pinot proved to be the strongest at Tour of the Alps in a season characterized by solid performances at Giro d’Italia and by the beautiful win claimed at Il Lombardia. In the same season, Chris Froome took part in the euro-regional stage race, building his condition to launch his successful assault to the following Giro d’Italia.
In 2019 a talented young rider took the spotlight: Pavel Sivakov won the general classification ahead of his teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart, the eventual winner of the 2020 Giro d’Italia, both lighting the race up in an enticing battle with Vincenzo Nibali.
Monday April 19th: Brixen/Bressanone – Innsbruck, 142,8 Km
Elevation Gain: 1950 m. Difficulty: **
Tuesday April 20th: Innsbruck – Feichten im Kaunertal, 121,5 Km
Elevation Gain: 2640 m. Difficulty: ***
Wednesday April 21st: Imst – Naturns/Naturno, 162 Km
Elevation Gain: 2290 m. Difficulty: ***
Thursday April 22nd: Naturns/Naturno – Valle del Chiese/Pieve di Bono, 168,6 Km
Elevation Gain: 3880 m. Difficulty: ****
Friday April 23rd: Valle del Chiese/Idroland – Riva del Garda, 120,9 Km
Elevation Gain: 2230 m. Difficulty: ***