After representing one of the greatest novelties of 2017, the Tour of the Alps is already looking forward to the next season, proud of its achievements. Over a one-and-a-half hour of live broadcast every day, 8 hours overall, diffused to about 100 Countries in the World: the figures of the Tour of the Alps’s maiden edition tell a story of success, with a record media coverage through TV and web. With seven World Tour teams at the start, the Tour of the Alps has already established itself as a coveted race and a key final test for the Giro d’Italia contenders – thanks to its calendar and parcours.
Now the Euroregional stage race (category 2.HC), that took over the baton and the 40 years of prestigious tradition from the Giro del Trentino, is ready for another ride, re-proposing the five-stage format from April 16th to 20th, 2018. The new race course will be announced to the Italian and International media on November 7th at 11.30 am, at the Sala Buzzati in Milan. No changes in the race’s formula, that received unanimous approval in the first, historical edition: five, intense (but without extreme mileage) days of race across the beauties of Tirol, Südtirol and Trentino, the three territories that share the values of the Euregio-regional areas and of a project than goes beyond sports: nature, history, culture, environmental sensibility.
After the 2017 success, the preparations for the new event are proceeding at full speed, thanks to the organization of the G.S. Alto Garda with the support of the three territorial marketing boards – Tirol Werbung, IDM Südtirol and Trentino Marketing. “Together with our territorial partners, we started with great impetus in the wake of the 2017 extraordinary results. The preparation will start earlier to make the event even more expected and engaging for the fans. The Tour of the Alps also acts as a very important flywheel for the Euroregion”, explains Giacomo Santini, President of the GS Alto Garda organizing committee.
Demanding and exciting like few other races, 2017 Tour of the Alps was decided by seconds only on the last stage, following a thrilling head-to-head between leader Geraint Thomas and Thibaut Pinot on the slopes of the mythical Monte Bondone. Team Sky’s Welshman, winner of stage 3 in Funes, claimed the overall victory over Fdj’s Frenchman, first in Trento on the last stage, and Domenico Pozzovivo.
Among the 2017 stage winners, beside Rohan Dennis and Matteo Montaguti, it’s impossible to forget Michele Scarponi, the unlucky Italian champion, untimely passed away last April 22nd in a car crash, who claimed in Innsbruck the first Tour of the Alps leader’s jersey and the last victory of his career. The 2018 Tour of the Alps will dedicate a special initiative to his memory, that will also be presented in Milan.