The 2019 Tour of the Alps will start from Kufstein, where the historical first stage of the Euro-regional race took off back in 2017. That stage finish in Innsbruck Hungerburg is engraved in the memory of all cycling fans, as its winner, Michele Scarponi, took his last career joy before tragically passing away just a few days later on his home roads.
The personality of Michele Scarponi is indelibly bound to this race, and Tour of the Alps’ organization has instituted a special award in the memory of Michele, to celebrate his altruism and the capacity to “team up”, key virtues of the late Italian rider.
The Team Up award, created in agreement of Michele Scarponi’s family and in collaboration with ACCPI – the Italian riders’ association – will reward the team providing the best collective effort on each day. The winning team will be called on the main stage at the start on the following day and deliver a Tour of the Alps’ contribution to a charity association active in the start city.