Ineos Grenadiers and Groupama-FDJ are among the 10 WorldTour teams confirmed to participate in this year’s Tour of the Alps, from April 18-22, including on their preliminary lists the former winners of the race, the 2019 champion Pavel Sivakov and the 2018 champion Thibaut Pinot, respectively. .
A total of 19 teams, including eight ProTeams, were announced Thursday at a pitch event in Lienz, which will host the final of the five-day ProSeries stage race. Absent from the list was Australia’s WorldTeam BikeExchange-Jayco, led last year by GC winner Simon Yates, although organizers GS Alto Garda said a 20th team could still be included at a later date.
“During our discussions with the teams over the last few months, an objective difficulty in making long-term plans has emerged due to the existing situation related to COVID, and the different dynamics of the 2022 calendar compared to a typical April. Also , for this reason, our workforce leaves the door open to a possible twentieth team in the WorldTour category, if the conditions present themselves”, commented Maurizio Evangelista, general manager of the Tour of the Alps.
The Tour of the Alps will take place for its 45th edition over five days and 728 kilometers in the regions of Trentino, South Tirol and Tyrol in northern Italy and Austria. Along with the April calendar slot, the race has a geographical similarity to the first Grand Tour of the season and teams use the trip for Giro d’Italia reconnaissance before and after. Last year, Simon Yates took his good form from the Tour of the Alps and retained third place in the general classification of the Giro.
Bahrain Victorious is set to bring team leader Pello Bilbao, who finished second in last year’s race and won a stage to Pieve di Bono, while Astana Qazaqstan will feature three step climbers on his return – Vincenzo Nibali , Joe Dombrowski and Miguel Ángel López. The list of WorldTeam teams is completed by AG2R Citroën, Bora-Hansgrohe, EF Education-EasyPost, Israel-Premier Tech, Team Movistar and Team DSM.
Drone Hopper–Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè and Eolo-Kometa are the three Italian ProTeams in the field, and will be joined by Caja Rural Seguros, Equipo Kern Pharma, Euskaltel Euskadi, Gazprom-Rusvelo and Uno-X Pro Cyclisme. The only continental team is the Austrian cycling team Tirol KTM, representing the Tyrol region.
Formerly known as the Giro del Trentino, the five-day race was renamed Tour of the Alps in 2017 as its route widened to encompass the mountains of the Euroregion of Italy and Austria. This year, the general departure takes place in the region of Trentino in Cles. The queen stage of the penultimate day offers a 12.5 km climb in the shadow of Austria’s highest peak, the Groβglockner, and the overall finish will take place on April 22 in Lienz.
The teams of the Tour of the Alps 2022
- AG2R Citroën team
- Team Astana Qazaqstan
- Bahrain Victorious
- Bora Hansgrohe
- EF Education – EasyPost
- Groupama – FDJ
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Israel – Premier Tech
- The Movistar team
- The DSM team
- Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
- Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli
- Eolo Kometa
- Equipo Kern Pharma
- Uno-X Professional Cycling Team
- Tyrol KTM cycling team