For many, the Alps are a true paradise. Whether if it's skiing, mountain biking or hiking - there is something for everyone. But now the organizers of the former "Giro del Trentino" will present an event that will put the Alps in the center of the cycling world for a few days:
The new "Tour of the Alps"
The organizers around the "Gruppo Sportiva Alto Garda" have created a very special stage race tour that connects the "Euregio" region of Germany, Austria and Italy. The „grand depart“ takes place in Kufstein, Tyrol directly on the border with Germany. From there the race will start on Easter Monday to cross the Alps in five heavy mountain stages to end the event in the capital of Trentino.
world-class in great nature
Incomparable mountains, mountain passes and unforgettable scneries are waiting for the almost 170 riders, among whom the entire Wworld-class is gathering to get the "final touch" for the Giro d'Italia. Teams like SKY, BMC Racing, Bora - hansgrohe or FDJ around the third of Tour - de – France Thibaut Pinot are siginng on the start of the race. Also Fabio Aru - winner of the Vuelta Espana 2015 and second of the Giro 2015 - will complete the starting list.
So much the bigger is the honor and recognition that team BIKE AID can be part of the game and has received an invitation from the organization committee.
"The project of BIKE AID to promote African riders, as well as the African cycling in a sustainable way impresses us and is a part of the future for cycling. BIKE AID offers an alternative and an innovative concept, which gives a positive image to cycling as a whole. Also the sporty development of the team is impressive. We have deliberately decided that we want to have this team at the premiere of the Tour of the Alps“, said Maurizio Evangelista, head of the organizing committee.
For BIKE AID the participation is, of course, a huge honour and a challenge at the same time:
"The fact that we are allowed to compete with the best in the world is not commonplace in such a difficult tour. We have already had some highlights in our race schedule so far, but the Tour of the Alps surpasses much. Especially for our African riders, this will be a huge opportunity to prove their talent in such a peloton", says Timo Schäfer, Team Coordinator of BIKE AID.
Worldwide visibility and live TV transmission - every day!
The media interest is also enormous. It will be a can’t-miss fixture for the cycling fans worldwide as the stage race will be aired live on TV and online streaming (pc and mobile) in over 70 countries.The iconic Euro-regional event will debut on the international scale with a 1h30 daily live coverage and around 8 hours overall. Also Eurosport joined the panel of the rights holders, guaranteeing its Pan-Europe exposure (with the sole exception of UK, covered by Bike Channel). More leading European broadcasters such as Raisport (Italy), Equipe TV (France), TV2 (Denmark) and probably ORF (Austria) will display the race, whilst the EBU will disseminate the highlights in 60 countries.In simulcast with the TV broadcasters, the race will be broadcast live on the web by Cycling TV (North America), Econet (Africa), Gazzetta.it, Repubblica.it, Corrieredellosport.it, tuttobiciweb.it and PMGSport.it. In addition, the LIVE signal will be spread on Facebook as part of the Ciclismo Cup, the Italian challenge organized by Lega Ciclismo Professionistico, powered by PMG Sport as host broadcaster and rights holder.
We keep our fingers crossed for the guys and we will follow the happenings.
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