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The Tour of the Alps is an annual professional cycling stage race in Italy and Austria. First held in 1962, it was named Giro del Trentino (English: Tour of Trentino) until 2016, and run over four stages in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region of Italy. In 2015, the race merged with the nearby one-day race Trofeo Melinda, and the 2015 edition was called the Giro del Trentino Melinda.[1]

Giro del Trentino
Giro del Trentino logo.svg
DateMid-to-Late April
RegionTyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino, Austria and Italy
English nameTour of Trentino
Local name(s)Giro del Trentino (in Italian)
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
First edition1962 (1962)
Editions42 (as of 2018)
First winner Enzo Moser (ITA)
Most wins Damiano Cunego (ITA) (3 wins)
Most recent Pavel Sivakov (RUS)

In 2017, the event was renamed Tour of the Alps,[2] as it addresses the entire Euroregion of Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino, formed by three different regional authorities in two countries: the Austrian state of Tyrol and the Italian autonomous provinces of South Tyrol and Trentino. It should not be confused with the similarly named Giro al Sas di Trento, an annual road running competition in the city of Trento.[3]

Since its rebranding, the race is run mid-to-late April over five stages, as a 2.HC event of the UCI Europe Tour, the level beneath the UCI World Tour. The Tour of the Alps, typically featuring short and mountainous stages, is considered a last preparation race for the key contenders of the Giro d'Italia, which starts two weeks after the Tour of the Alps finishes. Ten winners of the Giro del Trentino have also won the Giro d'Italia, all of them Italians: Francesco Moser, Giuseppe Saronni, Franco Chioccioli, Gianni Bugno, Gilberto Simoni, Paolo Savoldelli, Damiano Cunego, Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Michele Scarponi. Damiano Cunego holds the race record with three overall wins.[4]

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HistoryEdit

The first edition of the race was held in 1962. It consisted of a single stage that started and finished in Trento. It was won by Enzo Moser. After a second edition in 1963, the third edition was not held until 1979. There were two unofficial races, in 1977 and 1978 but they remain disputed and usually not treated as official Giro del Trentino races.[5] The 1986 edition of the race was unusual in that there was no individual prize awarded. It was instead a team competition called the Coppa Italia and the first place went to Carrera–Inoxpran. One of the stages of the 1995 Giro del Trentino went to Innsbruck in neighbouring Austria, and stages to and from Lienz in Austria have remained a regular feature of the race since that time. In 2012, the race included a team time trial for the first time, which constituted the first stage of the race.[6] The team time-trial was retained for the 2013 edition.

List of winnersEdit

Rider Team
1962   Enzo Moser (ITA) San Pellegrino
1963   Guido De Rosso (ITA) Molteni
1964-
1979
No race
1979   Knut Knudsen (NOR) Bianchi-Faema
1980   Francesco Moser (ITA) Sanson
1981   Roberto Visentini (ITA) Sammontana
1982   Giuseppe Saronni (ITA) Del Tongo
1983   Francesco Moser (ITA) Gis Gelati
1984   Franco Chioccioli (ITA) Murella-Rossin
1985   Harald Maier (AUT) Gis Gelati
1986   Team edition (ITA) Carrera–Inoxpran
1987   Claudio Corti (ITA) Supermercati Brianzoli
1988   Urs Zimmerman (SUI) Carrera Jeans–Vagabond
1989   Mauro Santaromita (ITA) Pepsi Cola-Alba Cucine
1990   Gianni Bugno (ITA) Chateau d'Ax–Salotti
1991   Leonardo Sierra (VEN) Selle Italia-Magniarredo
1992   Claudio Chiappucci (ITA) Carrera Jeans–Vagabond
1993   Maurizio Fondriest (ITA) Lampre-Polti
1994   Moreno Argentin (ITA) Gewiss–Ballan
1995   Heinz Imboden (SUI) Refin
1996   Wladimir Belli (ITA) Panaria-Vinavil
1997   Luc Leblanc (FRA) Polti
1998   Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè
1999   Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè–Cannondale
2000   Simone Borgheresi (ITA) Mercatone Uno–Albacom
2001   Francesco Casagrande (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2002   Francesco Casagrande (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2003   Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2004   Damiano Cunego (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2005   Julio Alberto Pérez (MEX) Ceramica Panaria–Navigare
2006   Damiano Cunego (ITA) Lampre–Fondital
2007   Damiano Cunego (ITA) Lampre–Fondital
2008   Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas
2009   Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas
2010   Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) Astana
2011   Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre–ISD
2012   Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Colnago–CSF Bardiani
2013   Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana
2014   Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team
2015   Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky
2016   Mikel Landa (ESP) Team Sky
2017   Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky
2018   Thibaut Pinot (FRA) Groupama–FDJ
2019   Pavel Sivakov (RUS) Team Ineos[template problem]

Repeat winnersEdit

Wins Rider Editions
3   Damiano Cunego (ITA) 2004, 2006, 2007
2   Francesco Moser (ITA) 1980, 1983
  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) 1998, 1999
  Francesco Casagrande (ITA) 2001, 2002
  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 2008, 2013

Wins per nationEdit

Wins Country
30
  Italy
2
  Australia
  France
   Switzerland
1
  Kazakhstan
  Mexico
  Norway
  Austria
  Spain
  United Kingdom
  Russia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CyclingQuotes.com Trofeo Melinda and Giro del Trentino to merge". cyclingquotes.com.
  2. ^ "Il Giro del Trentino diventa Tour of the Alps". trentinocorrierealpi.gelocal.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. ^ Un balzo nel passato Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian). Giro al Sas. Retrieved on 2010-11-03.
  4. ^ "31st Giro del Trentino - 2.1". autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Storia del Giro del Trentino" (in Italian).
  6. ^ Atkins, Ben (April 14, 2012). "Danilo Di Luca motivated for the Giro del Trentino". velonation.com.

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