Bahrain Victorious to Tour of the Alps

Team Bahrain Victorious are back in action on Monday 18th April at the 45th edition of the Tour of the Alps.

With the Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza in Budapest less than 3 weeks away, the race covers the mountainous roads of Trentino, South Tyrol & Tyrol, in both Italy and Austria.

TBV are sending a strong squad, including leader Mikel Landa, winner in 2016, and road captain Pello Bilbao, who finished 2nd last year.

“This is an important preparation race for the Giro, with very high quality riders,” commented Alberto Volpi, lead Sports Director. “It’s an exciting route, with not a single easy stage”

As usual, the stages are relatively short which encourages dramatic racing, and with 13,900 metres of climbing over the 5 days, the battle for the green jersey will be intense from start to finish.

Stages 2 & 3 will provide the biggest tests, including the 1st category Passo Furcia on Wednesday, before a 12.5km-ascent to the line at Kals am Grossglockner on stage 4, and a short, nerve-testing final stage on Friday.

Two of our riders will be close to home: Edoardo Zambanini who turns 21 on Thursday, hails from the Trentino region, and Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner, who takes the start for the third time.

Also in the Alps to support their leader on the climbs will be Columbian Santiago Buitrago, already a stage winner this season at the Saudi Tour, and Slovenian Domen Novak.

“We have a very strong team for this kind of race; guys who climb really well,” Volpi adds. “Our objectives are to try to win a stage and to finish on the podium in the GC. I think those are realistic and achievable targets for us.”

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com