Tour of the Alps preview: Chris Froome and Fabio Aru among favourites
By Velon Media Team , 14 Apr 2018
The Tour of the Alps takes place in Italy and Austria (Picture: Foto Mosna)

A selection of the best climbers in the world will be on the start line at the mountainous Tour of the Alps from Monday, April 16, to Friday, April 20.

The five-day race starts in Italy and ends 716.9km later in Austria, after the peloton have tackled 10 categorised climbs and 13,100m of vertical ascent.

The first two stages end with climbs to the finish, while the final three end with big climbs and then fast descents to the line.

The stages

Stage 1: Monday, April 16


Stage winner and race leader. Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team). 

Stage 2: Tuesday, April 17


Start time: 1115 CET. Estimated finish: 1503 CET.

Stage 3: Wednesday, April 18


Start time: 1045 CET. Estimated finish: 1417 CET.

Stage 4: Thursday, April 19


Start time: 1130 CET. Estimated finish: 1456 CET.

Stage 5: Friday, April 20


Start time: 1045 CET. Estimated finish: 1457 CET.

Riders to watch

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)
George Bennett (Team LottoNL-Jumbo)
Chris Froome (Team Sky)
Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team)
Louis Meintjes (Team Dimension Data)
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)
Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida)

Teams

AG2R La Mondiale
Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia
Astana Pro Team
Bahrain Merida
Bardiani-CSF
BORA-hansgrohe
CCC Sprandi Polkowice
Euskadi Murias
Gazprom-RusVelo
Groupama-FDJ
Israel Cycling Academy
Italy
NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini
Felbemayr Simplon Wels
Team Dimension Data

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