Trentino kicks off cycling season with the Tour of the Alps

The euro-regional stage race (April 19-23) will be the first of several top cycling events in Trentino, preceding the MTB World Championships in Val di Sole (August 25-29) and the Road European Championships in Trento (September 8-12)

An extraordinary season of top cycling events defines spring and summer in Trentino‘s events schedule. With its final and decisive stages, the Tour of the Alps represents the first major stage of this program, full of road and off-road cycling events.

Trentino has always been a byword for top-notch cycling. After inheriting the Giro del Trentino‘s fascinating history, the Tour of the Alps keeps on growing in the wake of its legacy, after embracing in the project South Tyrol and Tirol. The euro-regional stage race has further established a highly regarded international event. By no coincidence, the Tour of the Alps will welcome 13 World Teams on Sunday, April 18th, in Brixen/Bressanone.

In 2021, the Tour of the Alps will be the first appointment of a great cycling season in Trentino. Val di Fassa will host the opening stage of the Enduro World Series (June 23-26), before passing the baton to Val di Sole, home of a special edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (August 25-29) with new champions to be crowned in no less than six disciplines. Two weeks later, Trento and the surrounding area (Monte Bondone and Valle dei Laghi) will become the capital of European cycling hosting the UEC Road European Championships, with 13 titles up for grabs.

After tough and painful times, we are looking forward to spring and summer of newfound confidence and the relaunch of our summer tourism, including on two wheels. This year, the Tour of the Alps will reach new spots in Trentino, such as Valle del Chiese/Chiese Valley, and we cannot wait for the Grand Finale in Riva del Garda“, said Trentino Marketing‘s CEO Maurizio Rossini.

After crossing Tirol and South Tyrol, the Tour of the Alps will return in Trentino for the final stages. Stage 4 on Thursday, April 22nd, will be the longest of this edition (168,6 km) and features the greatest elevation gain. Right after the start in Naturns/Naturno, the peloton will rise to the Passo Castrin. After that, riders will pass through Val di Non and Val di Sole, on the way to the Passo Campo Carlo Magno climb. The top GC contenders will make their move on the Castel Condino ascent toward Boniprati: 10 km of climbing, ending with 7 km to go and a technical descent to reach the finish in Pieve di Bono.

On Friday, April 23rd, the final stage (Valle del Chiese/IdrolandRiva del Garda, 120,9 Km) will crown the 2021 Tour of the Alps’ winner. After the start in the Lago d’Idro natural area, and the first 20 km entirely on flat, the Selle Giudicarie climb will start shaking the race before the double stroke of Passo Duron and Passo del Ballino, and then the descent leading to Riva del Garda for the first time. The last 40 km of the Tour of the Alps will take place on a circuit to be repeated twice with the Pranzo climb, the last ascent of the 2021 Tour of the Alps.

TOUR OF THE ALPS’ PROGRAMME IN TRENTINO

Thursday, April 22nd (Stage 4: Naturns/Naturno – Valle del Chiese/Pieve di Bono, 168,6 Km)

15:30 – Arrival Pieve di Bono – via Roma

Friday April 23rd (Stage 5: Valle del Chiese/Idroland – Riva del Garda, 120,9 Km)
10:15 – Meeting point Bondone, loc.Baitoni-Lago di Idro
10:55-11:55 – Sign-on
12:10 – Neutral Start
12:15 – Official Depart (Km 0)
15:30 – Arrival Riva del Garda – Piazza Garibaldi