Just a few kilometers away from the German border with Bayern, Kuftein is considered the northern edge of the so-called historical Tirol. Overlooked by a characteristic fortress, Kufstein hosts the first, historical start of the Tour of the Alps.
Capital of the Tirol region, Innsbruck is the 5th biggest city in Austria. Crossed by the Inn river, from which hails the name of the city, Innsbruck will stage the first finish of the Tour of the Alps in the Hungerburg district, connected to the city center by a cableway.
After the pre-race checks and the teams’ presentation, the first stage will start in Kufstein. The beginning of the stage will be run on a loop to the Walchsee lake, and then back to Kufstein. Then, the race will continue through the Inn river valley up to Kramsach, where an intermediate sprint is placed, and then will turn right by the river’s banks.
Soon after, the two categorized climbs of the day come at short distance from each other: short but tough ascents followed by technical descents on the way back to Kramsach. The lumpy route follows through the Inn valley on the way to Innsbruck, before tackling the final climb to Hungerber: might be a day for punchy stage hunters, rather than GC favorites.