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Climbers' land

The Tour of the Alps is one of the most mountainous races of the year. Strategically located in the calendar 15 days before the start of the Giro d'Italia, it is one of the preparation stage races for those participating in the Italian grand tour. The competition is organized by the euro-region that brings together the Austrian state of Tyrol with the Italian autonomous provinces of Alto Adige and Trentino, and the event consists of five stages that travel through this spectacular border territory.


Of the five stages, four have medium mountain routes, while the stage expected to be decisive for the general classification is the fourth, which adds up to more than 4000 meters of climbing and includes first-category passes such as the Passo del Compet (10.2 km at 8.1%) and the Passo del Vetriolo (9.3 km at 8.7%). It is worth noting that none of the five stages finishes uphill, so having a good sprint may be crucial for stage victories.


Geraint Thomas (1000), Wout Poels (600), Romain Bardet (800), Ben O'Connor (600), Hugh John Carthy (400), Chris Harper (200), Max Poole (400), Aurélien Paret Peintre (400), Edward Dunbar (400), Michael Storer (400), Jhoan Esteban Chaves (400), and Filippo Zana (200) are some of the main cyclists listed on the starting list.

Photo: © Svoboda / Tour of the Alps