The rundown to the Tour of the Alps is now into the final three months: on Monday April 16th, the 2018 edition of the Euroregional stage race will start from Arco (Trentino, Italy), before ending on April 20th in Innsbruck (Tirol, Austria), on the circuit of the upcoming 2018 Road World Championships.
After the official presentation in Milan, in November, when the five spectacular races were presented, the Tour of the Alps is now ready to unveil the names of the 20 teams in the race: possibly, the strongest and most qualified list in the prestigious history of the event that took over the baton from the Giro del Trentino.
On the occasion of the Nordic Combined World Cup round in Seefeld in Tirol (Austria), on Thursday January 25th, the Tour of the Alps will hold a dedicated public meeting, during which the official teams’ list will be announced. The event will be held at the Media Center of the Combined Nordic World Cup event (Seefeld, Mösererstraße 632), at 3.00 PM.
Again this year, the Tour of the Alps project will be based on the key elements that determined the success of the first edition of last April: cooperation between the territories (Trentino, Südtirol and Tyrol), promotion of the landscapes’ heritage, development of a tourism system strongly characterized by cycling and outdoor as a whole, and the technical difficulty of the routes, providing the an ideal dress rehearsal in view of the Giro d’Italia. Additionally, the 2018 Tour of the Alps will celebrate the memory of the late Michele Scarponi: the unfortunate Italian rider won the last race of his career in the first stage of the 2017 Tour of the Alps in Innsbruck, a few days before tragically passing away while training on his home roads.
Five racing days, over 700 kilometers overall distance and 13000 mt overall altitude: there are the figures of the 2018 Tour of the Alps that confirms a spectacular formula made of short and difficult routes. After the start by Arco, seat of the organizing company G.S. Alto Garda, the opening stage will end on the Folgaria plateau. The peloton remains in Trentino for the stage 2, for a trip from Lavarone to the iconic Alpe di Pampeago after facing the Redebus Pass. Südtirol will welcome the race for its stage 3, running from Auer/Ora to Meran/Merano, characterized by two climbs, Mendel Pass/Passo della Mendola and Gampen Pass/Passo Palade. Klausen/Chiusa will be the start of the stage 4, characterized by an exciting finale with the Bannberg climb before the scenic finish in the Lienz’s Hauptplatz. Rattemberg, starting point of the 2018 World Championships time trials, will host the start of the Tour of the Alps last stage. The peloton will arrive in the “Capitals of the Alps”, Innsbruck, after two laps on the 2018 UCI Road World Championships circuit.