In its fourth year, three stages of the “Tour of the Alps” will cross Tirol in April. The mountainous race features almost 13,000 meters 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 2021 Tour of the Alps will start in South Tyrol’s Bressanone and continue across Tirol past Innsbruck, Feichten in Kaunertal Valley and Imst before returning to South Tyrol’s Trentino with the finish in Riva del Garda.
The 2021 edition sets off in Bressanone, South Tyrol, and crosses the border on its way north over Brenner Pass and Axams to Tirol’s capital Innsbruck. The second stage is the longest and arguably the toughest of this year’s Tour of the Alps. Starting in Innsbruck, the route follows Inntal Valley up to end in Feichten, Kaunertal Valley—including a nasty 2,500 vertical meters. The third stage travels from Imst across the border over Reschen Pass to Naturns in South Tyrol.
2021 Tour of the Alps riders have to tackle almost 13,000 meters of climbing in five days of racing, with a total distance of 718 kilometers. Formerly the “Giro del Trentino” (“Tour of Trentino”) until 2016, the race was re-branded as the Tour of the Alps in 2017 and is in its 44th year in 2021. New this year is that the Tour of the Alps is part of the “UCI ProSeries”.