In its third year, the first two stages of the 2019 “Tour of the Alps” will cross Tirol. The mountainous race features over 13,000 metres of climbing in five days of racing.
Five days of cycling passion: Crossing the three-part cross-border region comprising Trentino and its northern neighbour South Tyrol in Italy, as well as the Austrian Tirol, the demanding five-stage race is a top crowd pleaser. Race organisers hope the five days of racing will again attract many of the “Giro d’Italia” contenders looking to test their form two weeks out from the start of the Italian Grand Tour. The 2019 Tour of the Alps will start in Kufstein and cross Inntal Valley and Brenner Pass on its way to South Tyrol’s capital Bolzano.
The 2019 edition sets off in Kufstein, as did the first revamped event in 2017. The opening stage is a circuit that winds past Mariastein and Bad Häring in Inntal Valley with the loop bringing competitors back to Kufstein across Thierseetal Valley. The second stage is the longest and arguably the toughest of this year’s Tour of the Alps. Starting in Reith in Alpbachtal Valley, the route follows Inntal Valley and crosses Brenner Pass to end in Schenna near Merano in South Tyrol.
2019 Tour of the Alps riders have to tackle 13,630 meters of climbing in five days of racing, with ten categorised climbs and a total distance of 711 kilometers. Formerly the “Giro del Trentino” (“Tour of Trentino”) until 2016, the race was re-branded as the Tour of the Alps in 2017.