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14:33 Meanwhile, the Brazilian Vinicius Rangel Costa (Movistar Team), among the fugitives of the first hour, was taken up by the group.

14:31 First position at the GPM at Brocon pace for Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroen Team), who takes home 6 points of the special classification. Second place therefore for Ben Zwierhoff (Bora-hansgrohe). The descent begins.

14:27 3.5 km at the Brocon Pass GPM. Real climb ended at -5, now the treads face a slight slight slope. 40 seconds of margin on Bais and Etxebarria, while the group pays 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

14:23 At the head of the group is shown the INEOS Grenadiers. 50 km at the finish in San Martino di Castrozza and the advantage of the two treads which drops to 4’15 “but remains important.

14:20 Change of pace in the lead of the French Bouchard, who only brings with him the German Zwierhoff. 6.5 km from the conclusion of the Brocon pass, two riders remain in the lead. So the blue Mattia Bais comes off.

14:18 The Austrian Emanuel Zangerle (Tirol KTM Cycling Team), the initial protagonist of the breakaway of the day, has been reabsorbed by the group.

14:14 8 km at the end of the Brocon pass. Four runners on the run. These are Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli), Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën Team), Asier Etxebarria (Euskaltel – Euskadi), Ben Zwiehoff (BORA – hansgrohe). For their advantage that drops to 4’30 “.

14:10 Although not the hardest stage of this edition, today’s one is the fraction with the greatest difference in altitude to tackle, 3693 meters. 5 minutes and 10 the advantage of the treads, 54 km from the end.

14:07 The only Italian in the day’s escape is Mattia Bais (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli). The 25-year-old from Rovereto will try to seize a prestigious result on the roads of the Tour of the Apls. Meanwhile, the Brazilian Vinicius Rangel Costa (Movistar Team) also loses ground among the fugitives.

14:03 The fugitives engaged in the first climb of the Trentino race.

14:01 Continue climbing the Brocon pass. This eagerly awaited first stage of the Tour of the Alps is getting more and more alive.

13.57: At km 103 the advantage of the fugitives over Zangerle is 1’41 “and 4’56” over the group

13.54: At km 101, a group of five on the run with 1’53 “ahead of Zangerle and 5’01” over the recovering group

13.51: The leading group has passed the village of Pieve Tesino and is now preparing to face the climb of the Brocon pass. It is about 15 km with an average gradient of 4.9%

13.46: At km 96, group of five in the lead with BAIS Mattia (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli)
BOUCHARD Geoffrey (AG2R Citroën Team)
ETXEBERRIA Asier (Euskaltel – Euskadi)
RANGEL COSTA Vinicius (Movistar Team)
ZWIEHOFF Ben (BORA – hansgrohe). At 53 “Zangerle, at 6’04” the group

13.43: As the road begins to rise, the Austrian Zangerle breaks away from the leading group which therefore now consists of five elements

13.34: After the 80 km of the race, soon we start to climb

13.27: Bahrain-Victorious and Israel-Premier Tech are leading the pack. Chris Froome is one of the most active

13.23: At km 73 6’08 “of advantage for the fugitives

13.21: These are the characteristics of the climb towards the Brocon pass. After Borgo Valsugana the road begins to climb towards Strigno with gradients between 6% and 8%. After crossing Pieve Tesino, the athletes face the Passo Brocon first GPM: 15 km at 4.9%.

13.16: When you approach the first real climb of the day, the one that leads to Passo Brocon the situation is unchanged. Six athletes in command, BAIS Mattia (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli)
BOUCHARD Geoffrey (AG2R Citroën Team)
ETXEBERRIA Asier (Euskaltel – Euskadi)
RANGEL COSTA Vinicius (Movistar Team)
ZWIEHOFF Ben (BORA – hansgrohe)
ZANGERLE Emanuel (Tirol KTM Cycling Team), 6 ‘the group

13.09: The order of arrival of the flying finish line in Pergine Valsugana has been made official: first place for the Austrian Zangerle ahead of the Spanish Etxeberria and the Italian Bais

13.07: The advantage of the six fugitives drops again: exactly 6 ‘at km 63

13.04: At km 70 the work of the group begins to bear some fruit. The advantage of the fugitives is reduced by about one minute, 6’43 “

12.54: An hour and a half of the race, 100 km at the finish line, 7’40 “advantage for the six fugitives: BAIS Mattia (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli)
BOUCHARD Geoffrey (AG2R Citroën Team)
ETXEBERRIA Asier (Euskaltel – Euskadi)
RANGEL COSTA Vinicius (Movistar Team)
ZWIEHOFF Ben (BORA – hansgrohe)
ZANGERLE Emanuel (Tirol KTM Cycling Team)

12.50: Having just passed the flying finish line of Pergine Valsugana, soon the ranking. Now proceed slightly downhill towards Levico Terme and then towards Borgo Valsugana where the most important climb of the day will begin towards Pieve Tesino (825 meters) first and then towards the Brocon pass (1616 meters) located at km 119

12.41: The flying finish line at km 55 is approaching

12.38: The group has practically “stopped” on the climb that leads to Pergine Valsugana and the leading group has progressively increased its advantage up to 7’56 “when there are 114 km to the finish.

12.32: Mattia Bais is the only Italian in the leading group, he is 25 years old and has already competed for 23 days in 2022

12.26: 120 km to the finish, the slight ascent towards Pergine Valsugana has begun. In the lead six men: BAIS Mattia (Drone Hopper – Androni Toys)
BOUCHARD Geoffrey (AG2R Citroën Team)
ETXEBERRIA Asier (Euskaltel – Euskadi)
RANGEL COSTA Vinicius (Movistar Team)
ZWIEHOFF Ben (BORA – hansgrohe)
ZANGERLE Emanuel (Tirol KTM Cycling Team). About a minute the group

12.20: The leading group maintains one minute advantage over the group when starting to climb towards Pergine Valsugana

12.12: One minute advantage for the group of six men when the climb towards Pergine Valsugana approaches where the first flying finish line is set

12.07: After 29 km there is the first attack of six cyclists: BAIS Mattia (Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli)
BOUCHARD Geoffrey (AG2R Citroën Team)
ETXEBERRIA Asier (Euskaltel – Euskadi)
RANGEL COSTA Vinicius (Movistar Team)
ZWIEHOFF Ben (BORA – hansgrohe)
ZANGERLE Emanuel (Tirol KTM Cycling Team)

11.59: 138 km still to go, calm pace, compact group, the first ascent is awaited to ignite the first stage

11.54: After the descent, cyclists are now expected from about twenty km of plains

11.50: Among the big favorites of the race there are also the Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez and the two of the EF, Hugh Carthy and Esteban Chaves and the French Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet

11.45: Now the descent is faster, still for a few kilometers. Always compact group

11.41: After just over 10 km the first attacks begin at the head of the group but there are currently no fugitives

11.35: No action at the moment, compact group waiting for the first roughness of the stage that will arrive after the first 55 km that lead from Cles to Pergine Valsugana. Slightly downhill road now

11.30: At the start there are four cyclists who have already won the Tour of the Alps: Sivakov, Landa, Pinot and Porte. There is, however, the winner of last year, Simon Yates

11.27: Among the big favorites of the race also the representatives of the Ineos Grenadiers team. It is difficult to identify who will be able to lead the team between the Australian Richie Porte and the French Pavel Sivakov, both present in the golden register of the race.

11.24: Just under half of the cyclists at the start (58 out of 118) are rookies in the Tour of the Alps

11.22: There are 10 UCI WorldTeams, 7 UCI ProTeams and one UCI Continental teams at the start

11.20: The race officially started after the first two km of transfer!

11.18: Bahrain Victorious will have a very strong team, in which Pello Bilbao is ready to take on the role of the leader should Landa give up.

11.15: The Spaniard Mikel Landa, who in recent years has carved out a role as a luxury placed, but who in 2016 proved his quality by winning on these roads, is perhaps the number one favorite of this edition.

11.12: The intermediate finish line of Pergine Valsugana is set at km 55, but to find the first real climb you have to wait 80 kilometers. You reach Pieve Tesino first, then the second category GPM of Passo Brocon and a third category, Passo Gobbera; the subsequent ups and downs will lead to Primiero / San Martino di Castrozza, where the final finish line is set.

11.08: The first stage is also the longest of the race despite measuring only 161 km.

11.05: The race is scheduled from Monday 18 April to Friday 22. 726.5 kilometers in total will take the participating runners from Cles (Trentino Alto-Adige) to Lienz, Austria

11.01: Cles-Primiero / San Martino di Castrozza, 161 km long, is scheduled today, before the five stages that will make up the forty-fifth edition of the race

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Hello and welcome friends of OA Sport to LIVE LIVE of the first stage of the Tour of the Alps. Scheduled today the Cles-Primiero / San Martino di Castrozza, 161 km long, before the five stages that will make up the forty-fifth edition of the race, scheduled from Monday 18 April to Friday 22. 726.5 total kilometers will take the participating runners from Cles (Trentino Alto-Adige) a Lienzin Austria

The Tour begins with a stage of medium difficulty: at km 55 there is the intermediate finish line of Pergine Valsugana, but to find the first real climb you have to wait 80 kilometers. You reach Pieve Tesino first, then the second category GPM of Pass Brocon and one of the third category, Gobbera pass; the subsequent ups and downs will lead towards Primiero / San Martino di Castrozzawhere the final goal is set.

Last year it was a brilliant Simon Yates who dominated who managed to dig the decisive furrow in the very hard second stage. Spaniard Mikel Landa, which in recent years has carved out a role as a luxury placed, but which in 2016 proved its quality by winning on these roads, is perhaps the number one favorite. Bahrain Victorious will have a very strong squad, in which Pello Bilbao is ready to play the leader if Landa gives up.

The main opponents for the two Iberians from Bahrain Victorious reside in the very strong team Ineos Grenadiers. It is difficult to identify who will be able to lead the team between Australian Richie Porte and Frenchman Pavel Sivakov, both present in the roll of honor of the race. When it comes to climbs, we certainly cannot fail to mention Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez. Finally, also pay attention to the couple of the EF, Hugh Carthy-Esteban Chavesand to the now French experts Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet

OA Sport offers you LIVE LIVE from the first stage of the Tour of the Alps. Scheduled today the Cles-Primiero / San Martino di Castrozza, of 159 km, news in real time, minute by minute, so as not to really miss anything, it starts at 11.15 am!

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