After the pre-race checks and the teams’ presentation, Innsbruck’s city center also welcomes the second start of the Tour of the Alps. For the Tyrolean capital, it’s an important dress rehearsal for what’s coming in 2018, when it will host the Cycling Road World Championships.
A small town in Osttirol, few kilometers away from the Italian border, Innervillgraten is cherished by mountaineers with its uncontaminated nature. Rising up at little distance is Lienz, where several Giro del Trentino’s stage starts and finishes have taken place over the years.
The race gets off from Innsbruck’s city center. After the neutral start, the riders will rider for 15 km through the city and the climb to Patsch, where the official start will be given. The peloton will reach the Italian border on the Brenner pass, where the first KOM will be place. A fast descent will bring the race to Fortezza, and then through the Val Pusteria/Pustertal to Prato della Drava and the Austrian border. As the peloton returns to Austria, the riders will find the intermediate sprint in Sillian, and then a 16 km way down to Lienz before bending to the left towards the second categorized climb of the day, St. Justina. After passing through Anras, one of the stage finishes of last year’s Giro del Trentino Melinda, the riders will return to the state highway and back to Sillian. From there, the race will cross the Villgratental up to Innervillgraten, where the stage finish is placed.