Five racing days, 714,3 km overall distance, 13.100 mt overall altitude, 10 categorized climbs.
This is the Tour of the Alps 2018, a professional cycling stage race of the category UCI 2.HC in the Euroregion Trentino, Alto Adige and Tyrol. From 16th – 20th April 2018, the second edition of the Tour of the Alps takes place. The 4th stage gets off from Klausen/Chiusa.
On the way to Giro d’Italia and World Champs
The Tour of the Alps is projected towards two more major moments of the season. The Giro d’Italia, starting exactly two weeks after the race’s conclusion, and Tour of the Alps is seen as the main reference of all the indications the race is able to provide, particularly on the conditions of the most expected contenders. But the 2018 season will also bring the Road World Championship to Tyrol in September, and the Tour of the Alps will offer a first taste of what the riders should expect in the rainbow race. It’s not by a case that the Tour of the Alps ends in the Tyrol’s Capital, Innsbruck, also providing a sneak peek of the final circuit around the historical city centre.
The start of the 1st stage is in Arco on Monday April 16th. The opening stage will be entirely run in Trentino, taking the peloton to the Folgaria plateau before tackling the final climb to the Alpe Cimbra venue. The race remains in Trentino for stage 2, for a short trip from Lavarone to the Alpe di Pampeago, in the Fleims Valley, where the only uphill finish of the Tour of the Alps is located. Tuesday April 17th will certainly be one of the crucial days of the event. South Tyrol will welcome the race for its stage 3, on Wednesday April 18th, running from Auer/Ora to Meran/Merano city centre, crossing two important Passes, Mendel and Gampenpass.
Klausen/Chiusa will be the start of stage 4, on Thursday April 19th.
The opening and the team presentation will take place at around 9.45 am on the Market Square, where there will be some South Tyrolean snacks for the visitors. The 4th stage starts at around 11.30 AM at the Market Square and leads the cyclists through the historic centre to the state road. After the first categorized climb of the day, Terenten/Terento, the race will cross the Austrian border in the setup to an exciting finale in East Tyrol, with the climbs of Anras and Bannberg before another scenic finish in Lienz’s Main Square. The final stage starts at Rattenberg, where the start of the World Championships’ time-trials will also be given. This will be the longest stage of the 2018 edition and Innsbruck is warming up to celebrate a great winner on Friday April 20th.
The Euregio Experience: narrate a lifestyle through a race
A virtuous example of territorial marketing, the Tour of the Alps embodies in an exciting way the beauties of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino, as well as the common spirit that unifies them inside the Euregio. The three regions identify themselves in shared values (not only in sports) that are key to solidify a touristic system strongly characterized by the two wheels.