Tour of the Alps 2019: The Route
The Tour of the Alps started last Monday to finish this Friday. The mountainous race is played out on the borders of Italy and Austria and features over 13,000 metres of climbing in five days of racing.
Formerly the Giro del Trentino, the race was re-branded as the Tour of the Alps in 2017. Geraint Thomas won the first revamped event, which set off in Kufstein, as does the 2019 edition. Following a lumpy race the finale of the 1st stage is a downhill back into Kufstein.
Stage 2 takes in over 3,000 metres of climbing. The riders cross the border from Austria into Italy and tackle the Jaufen Pass. The 15 kilometres climb at 7.5% is crested with 45 kilometres remaining. A long descent leads to an uphill kick of 4.5 kilometres to the line.
The Tour of the Alps serves a short and explosive 3rd stage. Going either up or down, the route climbs a total of 2,650 metres in 106.3 kilometres. Following intermediate climbs to Brusago and Lago di Santa Colomba the finale opens with a trying ascent to Montagnaga before a false flat run-in to the finish in Baselga di Pinè.
Stage 4 takes in the massive Forcella di Brez and Passo Predaia as intermediate climbs. The route then descents the Tassullo before a punchy ramp possibly decides on the stage – and overall? – win. The climb is situated just 5 kilometres from the finish in Cles.
The Tour of the Alps serves another 3,100 metres of climbing in stage 5. The route takes in the brutal climbs to the villages Collalbo and San Genesio. The riders move though San Genesio, but the uphill continues to Altopiano del Salto at an elevation of 1,453 metres. The riders then fly down a long descent to the last kilometres on the flat.
Tour of the Alps 2019: route, profiles, more
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