Top-notch cycling lives at the upcoming Tour of the Alps (April 17th-21st): the new Euro-regional cycling event replacing former Giro del Trentino has all the ingredients to be one of the most spectacular stage races of the season. Among the 18 squads to the start in Kufstein (Austria), with 7 UCI World Tour Teams, 7 Professional Teams, 3 Continental Teams and the Italian National Team under the guidance of Davide Cassani, Fabio Aru and the Astana Pro Team will catch the eye of cycling fans, after an unlucky 2016 and a difficult start of the 2017 season.
The 26-year-old Italian rider will try to perform at his best on the Euro-regional roads paving the way for his assault at Giro d’Italia’s pink jersey, after the withdrawal at the Tirreno-Adriatico due to a viral infection. “The Tour of the Alps is a beautiful race, perfect to find a good feeling in view of the Giro d’Italia – Aru explained – I took part at Giro del Trentino twice, this race always gave me good legs and nice memories of wonderful landscapes”.
“I will participate to the Tour of the Alps with ambition, I am not likely to train during the races – said the Sardinian climber –. I started the pre-seasonal training camp on November 1st with the goal to approach the Giro d’Italia with the best shape. During the first seasonal, Tour of Oman and Abu Dhabi Tour, I had good feelings. Afterwards, I was suffering from a bronchial infection at the Tirreno-Adriatico. As schedule, I restarted the training sessions and the Tour of the Alps will be the toughest step towards the Giro. This year, the pink jersey’s contenders are so many with almost 15 athletes aiming to win or get a podium spot”.
At the Tour of the Alps, Aru will face fierce opponents and very demanding routes, perfect to take stock of his training schedule. The Tyrolean stages in Innsbruck and Innervillgraten will introduce the hardest Sudtirolean one on Funes’ uphill finish, followed by the traditional stage in Cles and the grand finale with the Monte Bondone climb, crucial to assign the overall win in Trento.
“I didn’t have the opportunity to see the stages for myself, but I followed the route’s presentation on Internet. There’s no shortage of climbs, even more than in the past. Every day can be decisive for the overall standing”, Aru concluded.