A year of great cycling awaits Tyrol and Austria. In view of the Tour of the Alps’ final showdown – to be held today, Friday April 20th, in Innsbruck following the beautiful finish in Lienz – next September (22-30) the 2018 UCI Road World Championships will assign 12 World titles in the Tyrolean.
Yesterday, Thursday April 19th, the rainbow event set up a vernissage in Rattenberg – where Tour of the Alps’ stage 5 took the start, and when also the World’s time trials will get off. Josef Margreiter (Tirol Werbung’s Director) and Sabine Geir (Tourist Office Alpbachtal) have welcomed the guests at the Event Center Malerwinkel, where Josef Geisler (Tyrol’s Vice President), Christoph Platzgummer (Kufstein District’s President), Andreas Klingler (UCI Road World Championships’ Chief Operation Officer), Thomas Rohregger (UCI Technical Advisor), Giacomo Santini (GS Alto Garda’s President), Maurizio Evangelista (Tour of the Alps’ General Manager) and Thomas Pupp, one of the promotors of the rainbow initiatives, took the floor during the presentation.
The circuit of the road races, considered as one of the most difficult in UCI Road World Championships’ history, includes the Olympia Climb, faced by the TotA peloton for three times today, and the tough Gramartboden hill. In the most awaited race of the programme (Men’s Elite), the athletes will face 5000 meters of altitude difference.