Tour of the Alps – Pinot, Lopez and Landa conquer the peaks

Five days of high mountain testing with a view of the Grand Tours: Thibaut Pinot, Miguel Angel Lopez and Mikel Landa are among the big names lining up for Monday’s Tour of the Alps, contested on either side of the border between Italy and Austria. Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), winner of the event in 2018, has turned this race into a real goal, whose five stages have been dubbed by the organizers as “short, explosive and spectacular“.

After a 2021 season marred by long periods of unavailability, the 31-year-old Frenchman announced in January his ambition to be 100% “race-winning” at the Tour de France. His last success dates back to 2019 with a stage of the “Grande Boucle”. For Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), winner of 2016, as for Lopez (Astana-PremierTech), third in 2018, the focus is on a closer goal, the Tour of Italy (6-29 May).

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The transfers are short and the hotel quality is very high

This 45th edition of the former Tour of Trentino, which leaves Cles (Italy) on Monday and ends in Lienz (Austria) on Friday, is an opportunity to refine pedaling to challenging percentages. “There are climbs of 20, 25 minutes, ideal for very intense tests. And besides the beauty of the landscapes, the transfers are short and the quality of the hotels is very high. A few weeks before the Tour of Italy we can’t ask for anything more” assures the Spaniard Pello Bilbao, teammate of Landa, second in the standings last year behind Simon Yates, who is absent this year.

Also to follow will be Frenchman Romain Bardet (DSM) or Australian Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers), another former winner (2015). Chris Froome (Israel StartUp Nation) will compete in his second event of the year after running through Coppi/Bartali week fairly anonymously in March (86th overall).

Ten World Tour teams are at the start of this Tour of the Alps, which on Friday before the final stage will pay tribute day by day to Michele Scarponi five years after his fatal training accident on April 22, 2017. A fighting spirit jersey will be presented in memory of the former winner of the Tour of Italy.

The five stages of the Tour of the Alps 2022:

1st stage, Monday : Cles – Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza, 160.9 km
2nd stage, Tuesday : Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza – Lana, 154.1 km
3rd stage, Wednesday : Lana – Niederdorf/Niederdorf, 154.6 km
4th stage, Thursday : Niederdorf/Niederdorf – Kals am Großglockner, 142.4 km
5th stage, Friday : Lienz – Lienz, 114.5 km

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