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Tour of the Alps 2018

The Tour of the Alps 2018 begins on Monday 16th April and finishes on Friday 20th April. It’s a five stage cycling race, known for its incredibly difficult mountainous route. The 2018 route is full of steep climbs as the cyclists take on the Alps.

The current title holder is Geraint Thomas. The Team Sky rider won in 2017, beating Thibaut Pinot and Domenico Pozzovivo to the title. However, Tour De France holder Chris Froome is set to race in the 2018 race as he builds up to the Giro d’Italia.

The 2018 stages

Five gruelling stages face the peloton. In total, the riders will have to climb around 13,100 metres over the five days. The race, which was formerly known as the Giro del Trentino, crosses both Italy and Austria. The race finishes with a hilly circuit stage - the same circuit that will be used later in the year for the World Championships in Innsbruck.

Stage one begins in Arco and ends in Folgaria, covering 134 km and 2500 metres of climbing. It includes two climbs, the last of which is a King of the Mountain sprint with 6 km left to go. Following the descent, the cyclists will face a rolling finish before a brutal 10% climb to stage victory with 700 metres to go.

The second stage is the Queen stage of the Tour of the Alps, with the peloton travelling 145 km from Lavarone to the Alpe di Pampeago. This stage ends with a genuine summit finish, 7.7 km from the end. The last 4 km kicks up a gear and reaches 11% gradient.

Stage three, from Ora to Merano, is another made for aggressive climbers. Two big climbs up the 18 km long Passo della Mendola and the 13 km long Passo Palade greet the riders, before the route flattens for a flat final 6 km. Overall, the peloton will climb more than 2600 metres on this stage.

Stage four is the first of the hilly stages, and the shortest. However, the riders will still have to tackle Bannberg - a 7 km ascent at around 6% gradient - which presents a perfect opportunity to attack. Following the climb, they will have a fast and very technical downhill section, with the final 4 km being a descent to the finish.

The final stage will provide the peloton with a taste of World Championship action. The stage is 161 km long and the riders will climb over 2700 metres. The last 45 km is where they will join the same route as the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck. They will finish with a circuit that includes the 6.7 km climb to Igls, at 6%.

Here are a list of the stages:

  1. Arco - Folgaria. 134 km. Mountains.
  2. Lavarone - Alpe di Pampeago. 145 km. Mountains.
  3. Ora/Auer - Merano/Meran. 138 km. Mountains.
  4. Chiusa/Klausen - Lienz 134 km. Hills.
  5. Rattenberg - Innsbruck. 161 km. Hills.

The peloton

Clearly, the race favours aggressive climbers. Alongside Geraint Thomas, recent winners of the Tour of the Alps include Mikel Landa (2016) and Richie Porte (2015). Typically, the race draws in a high-quality line up, including those who have their eyes on the World Championships and those looking to test their form before the Giro d’Italia.