The Tour of the Alps’ route – unveiled last November in Milan – has lived up to everybody’s expectations: the Euro-regional event features all the elements of a modern race, with its spectacular formula made of short and intense stages. From Monday April 16th to Friday April 20th, the second edition of the Tour of the Alps will be the ideal springboard in view of the Giro d’Italia, with 5 days of exciting challenges on the mountains of Trentino, Südtirol and Tirol.
Garda Trentino and Arco, seat of the race’s organizing company, will host the 2018 Tour of the Alps’ start: the race returns to the origins of the Giro del Trentino, that passed the baton to the event born under the aegis of Euregio-Tirol-Trentino-Südtirol last year, after 40 years of glorious history. In addition, Arco will host an entertaining event’s eve on Sunday April 15th, with the preliminary operations, the teams’ official presentation and the top-riders press conference.
After a flat start, in the opening stage (Arco – Folgaria 134,6 Km), the riders will warm up their legs on the Valico di Andalo climb, before facing the final ascent in Serrada; from there, only 6,2 Km will be left to Folgaria’s finish line. The last 700 mt, in the city center of the pearl of Alpe Cimbra, are characterized by a final uphill drag, whose gradient peaks at 10%: a demanding finale, suited to puncheurs, that will assign the first Tour of the Alps leader’s jersey.
“The finish line in Folgaria will be scenic – Alpe Cimbra Tourism Board President Michael Rech explains – I’m sure that it will provide a perfect opening to the race. This stage emphasizes the friendship between our territory and the Tour of the Alps. Alpe Cimbra has been focusing on cycling over the last few years, and the Tour of the Alps is an excellent opportunity to enrich this project and relaunch it on the national and international scale, in an event that represents the Euroregional spirit at its best.”
The race remains on the Alpe Cimbra for the start of stage 2 (Lavarone – Alpe di Pampeago-Fiemme 145,5 Km), where a shake-up in the overall standings has to be expected. The Redebus Pass represents a severe anticipation of what will come in the final 7,5 Km ascent, the most demanding of the 2018 Tour of the Alps, towards the finish line on the Alpe di Pampeago. After crossing Tesero, in Val di Fiemme, the riders will face a brutal climb, whose final 4 km never get below 10%. The Alpe di Pampeago is a popular climb in road cycling, made famous by the feats of champions like Pavel Tonkov, Marco Pantani and Gilberto Simoni.
“Pampeago returns to welcome a great cycling event, after hosting the Giro d’Italia on 5 occasions – said Bruno Felicetti, director of the Val di Fiemme Tourism Board – The race’s route pass through the whole Val di Fiemme, a place that welcomes a number of amateur cyclists who try to emulate their favourite champions, from May to October, like on the occasion of the Marcialonga Cycling, a popular amateur cycling event taking place on May 27th in Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa”.
“The Pampeago climb is closed to traffic during the summer – Felicetti continues – It’s a wonderful place for the cycling fans who want to test themselves, living the experience through unique Dolomite landscapes”.