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Ressort: Sport, Tourismus, St. Moritz
Datum: 15.2.2017
Ort: TirolBerg St. Moritz, Plazza da Scoula 14, 7500 St. Moritz (CH)

Tirol and Innsbruck invite you to one of the most challenging UCI Road World Championships of all time

Tirol and the host city of Innsbruck are holding the 2018 UCI Road World Championships from 22nd to 30th September 2018, when around 1,000 athletes will be competing for medals in twelve races. Organisers expect around 500,000 spectators to attend, while over 200 million viewers in 150 countries follow the action on TV at home. Due to the particularly challenging route with around 5,000 metres in altitude difference, mountain specialists are considered favourites to win this competition. Cycling icon, Mario Cipollini paid a special visit to St. Moritz to attend the press conference.

The 2018 UCI Road World Championships will extend over much of Tirol and races are to start in various regions within the province. The finishing line will always be in the host city of Innsbruck. Tirolean mountain routes await with some formidable sections, incorporating distances of around 270 kilometres and 5,000 metres in altitude difference for the Men’s Elite race. The route promises exciting races and a combination of flat sections and steep climbs to test athletes’ endurance. “I am expecting the toughest World Championships in history“, said former cycling-pro, Thomas Rohregger who, in addition to being Sports Director and responsible for route planning during the 2018 UCI Road World Championships, acts as UCI Technical Delegate. For him, the mountain specialists are obvious favourites to win.

Anticipation is already tremendous for some spectacular races
Thrilling suspense is already guaranteed for the eight competition days. Highlights include the Team Time Trial on the first Sunday and the Women’s and Men’s Elite on the second weekend. Fans are also offered an extensive supporting programme alongside the races with EXPO grounds, fan parties, public viewings and an “open race”. Two stars from the cycling world, Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) and Peter Sagan (SVK) are already looking forward to the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol – being so close to their home countries, they expect a huge amount of fans to turn up in support. They will visit Tirol, of course, before the World Championships: “I will definitely train here in order to prepare myself for the World Championships course as well as possible”, said Peter Sagan. Vincenzo Nibali admits to being a passionate mountain cyclist: “I love steep climbs and fast descents”.

Tirol as experienced host for major events
“Tirol is known worldwide for its excellent handling and organisation of major winter sports events. We can now prove our competence in the summer sports sector with the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. As visitors from all over the world will be travelling to Tirol in September 2018, we are particularly pleased to be able to present the 2018 UCI Road World Championships for the first time internationally in the TirolBerg”, said a delighted Georg Spazier, Chairman of the Organising Committee and CEO of Innsbruck-Tirol Rad WM 2018 GmbH, during the press conference.

Enormous media interest
Josef Margreiter, Tirol Werbung CEO, also underlined the significance this event has for the country: “Shining examples, such as the UCI Road World Championships, have international appeal and consolidate our position as the number one sporting state in the Alps. Furthermore, cycle races provide the perfect opportunity to put the spotlight on the province for several hours and provide sporting entertainment and inspiration for many spectators”. The organisers expect around 700 media representatives to attend, TV broadcasts to around 150 of the world’s countries and over 200 million TV viewers. 500,000 fans of cycling sport are expected to line the routes. The organisers are confident that the event will not only have a positive effect on regional economy, but decisively shape Tirol and Innsbruck as a cycling destination in years to come. “With the Road World Championships and events such as Crankworx, we are putting Innsbruck as a “Bike City” on the global map”, says Karin Seiler-Lall, Innsbruck Tourismus CEO. “The great interest this event has aroused in the cycling world can already be felt – many race event organisers are making contact in order to organise their events in the Bike City of Innsbruck. Both events are the driving force behind the expansion of associated infrastructure, such as the Bike-Park Innsbruck or network of cycling routes. These investments promote the sustainability of these events, improve the range of activities offered to tourists and benefit the local population”.

Further cycling events in Tirol
One year prior to the 2018 UCI Road World Championships, Tirol already presents itself as a “cycling country” in 2017: Tour of the Alps, the follow-up event to the traditional Giro del Trentino, will lead through Tirol, South Tirol and Trentino in five stages between the 17th and 21st April. The host city of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships serves as stage destination on the 17th April, from where the race continues on April 18th. Crankworx, the world’s largest Mountain Bike Gravity Festival, takes place in Innsbruck from 21st to 25th June and the Pro Ötztaler 5500, considered to be the toughest one-day race for cycling pros with a distance of 238 kilometres and 5,500 metres in altitude to surmount, takes competitors from Sölden over four alpine passes, before heading back to Sölden. The start positions of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships will be announced on 23rd February 2017 at 10:30 hrs at the Landhaus in Innsbruck. Please register for the press conference via media@innsbruck-tirol2018.com .

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Present the 2018 UCI Road World Championships internationally (from left): Josef Margreiter, Fränk Schleck, Mario Cipollini, Benni Raich, Thomas Rohregger, Karin Seiler-Lall and Georg Spazier.

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The press conference took place in the TirolBerg.

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In the TirolBerg (from left): Fränk Schleck, Mario Cipollini, Benni Raich and Thomas Rohregger.

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Looking forward to the 2018 UCI Road World Championships (from left): Josef Margreiter (Tirol Tourist Board), Karin Seiler-Lall (Innsbruck Tourism) and Georg Spazier (ITS).

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