A few days ago, the 2019 cycling road season started in Australia and the Tour of the Alps is getting closer at the 43rd edition (April 22nd-26th), with now less than 100 days to the start from Kufstein (Tyrol, Austria).
Having unveiled the routes of the five stages – characterized by the established formula made of short and challenging courses – last November in Milan, the Tour of the Alps is now ready to unveil the names of the teams that will light up the Euro-regional race in April, in live coverage all over the World. As in 2018, 20 teams will take part in the stage race connecting the territories of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino, and Bozen – the city to stage the grand finale of the 2019 edition – will host the announcement of the teams list at the Free University of Bozen, on Tuesday January 29th at 11.00 am CET.
Ideal springboard for the Giro d’Italia contenders, two years ago the Tour of the Alps launched Geraint Thomas’ ambitions in stage races, eventually crowned by his Tour de France victory in 2018. Last April instead, Frenchman Thibaut Pinot raised the Tour of the Alps trophy in Innsbruck, in an edition whose participation also featured Brit Chris Froome, who went on to win the following Giro d’Italia.
Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Stage 1: Kufstein – Kufstein 144,0 km
2.100 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: **
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Stage 2: Reith im Alpbachtal – Schenna/Scena 178,7 km
3.050 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: *****
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Stage 3: Salurn/Salorno – Baselga di Pinè 106,3 km
2.650 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: ***
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Stage 4: Baselga di Pinè – Cles 134,0 km
2.730 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: ***
Friday, April 26th, 2019
Stage 5: Kaltern/Caldaro – Bozen/Bolzano 148,7 km
3.100 mt elevation gain. Difficulty: ***