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Tour of the Alps 2019 odds

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Tour of the Alps 2019

The 43rd edition of the Tour of the Alps 2019 starts on Monday 22nd April and concludes on Friday 26th April. It’s a five stage professional cycling race that’s particularly known for its difficult mountainous route.

The current title holder is Thibaut Pinot (Team Groupama - FDJ), who beat Domenico Pozzovivo (Team Bahrain Merida) and Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team) to the title. Team Sky’s Chris Froome came fourth.

The 2019 route

Stage 1: Kufstein – Kufstein. 144 km, hills.

Stage 2: Reith I’m Alpbachtal – Schenna. 178.7 km, mountains.

Stage 3: Salurn – Balselga di Pinè. 106.3 km, mountains.

Stage 4: Balselga di Pinè – Cles. 134 km, mountains.

Stage 5: Kaltern – Bolzano. 147.8 km, mountains.

The 2019 route features the mountainous borders of Italy and Austria, taking the peloton over almost 13,000 metres of climbing in the Alps. Five very tough stages face the peloton, starting with a hilly first stage around Kufstein.

The mountain stages then begin with stage 2, taking the cyclists over 3,000 metres of tough climbing. Stage 3 is the first stage with a summit finish in Baselga di Pinè. Stage 4 then includes the big climbs of Forcella di Brez and Passo Predaia. The finish is a punchy climb just 5 km from Cles.

The finale in stage 5 features another 3,1000 metres of climbing, ending with a long descent to the finish line in Bolzano.

The favourites

Given the amount of climbing, the race favourites will be the aggressive climbers. Previous winners include climbing greats such as Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), Mikel Landa (Team Movistar) and Richie Porte (Team Trek - Segafredo).

Miguel Ángel López will once more be fancying his chances of a podium finish but will face a tough challenge from Team Sky’s Egan Bernal. Vincenzo Nibali (Team Bahrain Merida) will also be a strong contender while Warren Barguil (Team Arkéa Samsic) will be hoping to get in on the action. Elsewhere, Rafał Majka (Team BORA - Hansgrohe), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Beñat Intxausti (Euskadi-Murias) are dangerous challengers.