REVIEW 26.09.2018
MORNING BRIEFING 27.09.2018
  • Further information for 27.09. (favourites, races, side events, evening events) here
  • Updated TV Roadbooks 27.09.2018
  • Media After Work Drinks starting at 20:30 at Brixner Haus, Domplatz 3, Innsbruck
  • International Media Briefing LOC, 28.09. at 10:00: Congress Innsbruck, Raum Brüssel
  • Footage Press Conference Peter Sagan at Niederndorf on Sept. 28th DOWNLOAD (Fridaynight starting from 9pm) - can be used free of charge in an editorial context. Livestream of the press conference Peter Sagan on facebook sport.tirol.
  • Breakfast with Legends, 28.09. at 09:00:  Meet international cycling legends in Tirol - you are cordially invited (limited access- registration required)

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Up next: 28.09.2018 (Road Race Men Under 23)


The favourites

Men U23. From 12:10 (start in Kufstein) to 16:50 (estimated finish in Innsbruck). Distance: 179.9km. 2017 winner: Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra). Among the favourites: Tadej Pogacar (Slo); Ivan Sosa (Col); Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel); Valentin Madouas (Fra); Marc Hirschi (Sui); Gino Mäder (Sui); Felix Gall (Aut); Eddie Dunbar (Irl); Luis Villalobos (Mex); Neilson Powless (USA); Alexander Vlasov (Rus); Fernando Barcelo (Spa); Robert Stannard (Aus); Thymen Arensman (Ned).

Race information

Men Under 23 Road Race
  • Time: 12:10 – 16:50
  • Start: Kufstein, Oberer Stadtplatz
  • Finish: Innsbruck, Hofburg, Rennweg 1, 6020 Innsbruck
Key feature:
  • The Angerberg climb and the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%) will sap the riders’ strength.
The course: 84.7 km + 4 short laps 23.8 km
Race details
  • Neutral start: real start after 5.6 km
  • Race distance: 174.3 km
Starting from the main square in the centre of Kufstein, this very selective course takes riders through the town and then along the length of the Inn Valley to Innsbruck. Strong riders will look to break away on the section from Schwoich to Bad Häring. From the village of Langkampfen the route leads to Maria Stein, a popular place of pilgrimage. The following Angerberg climb should not be underestimated and will sap the riders’ strength. After passing through the Seenregion, known for its beautiful lakes, the course remains flat all the way to Schwaz. The first major highlight of the course will be the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%). From there it is a fast run down from Axams to Innsbruck. Once in the regional capital, riders complete three laps of the Olympic Circuit. Even before reaching the Olympic Circuit the riders will already have 90 kilometres of tough riding in their legs from Kufstein to Innsbruck.

Olympic Circuit
The Olympic Circuit starts in the Museumstraße road in the centre of Innsbruck and leads past the Sillpark shopping centre, the Tivoli open-air swimming pool, the Tivoli football stadium (home to the FC Wacker Innsbruck football team) and up to Ambras Castle. It is here that the climb begins in earnest, a 7.9km ascent with a maximum gradient of 10% passing through the villages of Aldrans and Lans on the way to the bottom of the Patscherkofel cable car. After cresting the climb near the bottom station of the Patscherkofel cable car, riders turn right and descend at high speed through the villages of Igls and Vill, past the Bergisel ski jump to the Tivoli football stadium, over the Olympiabrücke bridge and into the centre of the city. There they pass the victory arch, ride along the main shopping thoroughfare and into the oldtown. From the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most recognisable attraction, the course continues over the Innbrücke bridge up through the very narrow Höttinger Gasse road to the Höttinger Platzl square, where riders turn right and descend once again down through the Riedgasse road to the finish in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

The Road Race
The riders start together in a bunch (mass start). UCI Worlds are usually organised on a circuit that riders cover several times (number of laps depends on the category of riders). The total distance of the race is 250-280km for Men Elite and 130-160km for Women Elite. The first rider to cross the finish line is the winner.
The road race circuit is the key element of every World Championships. It must be completed a different number of times and in different variations depending on the race. This loop is widely seen as the place where the road races will be won and lost. In the case of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol the road race circuit has been designed to suit the climbers in the peloton.
The route of the Olympic Circuit is identical for the Men Junior, Men Under 23, Women Elite and Men Elite races. Riders in the Men Junior category will complete two laps, the Men Under 23 three laps, the Women Elite four laps and the Men Elite seven laps. The Men Elite Road Race will also ride up the infamous Höll climb once before descending into the city centre to the finish line.

Side events

  • 10:00-18:00: EXPO at Landhausplatz square in the centre of Innsbruck (Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz) – 10 minutes walk from the finish area
  • EXPO, fan zones and live screens in Kufstein
  • From 11:00: World Championships festival in Mariastein
  • Presentation ceremonies in the finish area in Innsbruck after the conclusion of the races
  • From 19:30 in the finish area: OI&B Zucchero Tribute Band powered by Radio Tirol & DJ Alex
  • From 20:00: Bonnie Tyler concert in Kufstein

OI&B Zucchero Tribute Band powered by Radio Tirol & DJ Alex
It was the great passion for Zucchero Fornaciari’s music that lead to the creation of the OI&B (Oro, Incenso & Birra) project in 2003. The Tribute Band, based in Padua, captained by Christian Garbinato who has an extraordinary resemblance with Zucchero, both physically and vocally, pays homage in a convincing manner to the Blues of the Artist from Emilia Romagna, while succeeding in transmitting a strong personal artistic image. From the blues ballads like “Diamante”, “Il Volo” and “Dune Mosse” to the insistent rhythms of “Diavolo In Me”, “Baila” and “Per colpa di chi?”, "Vedo nero", a highly entertaining and dynamic show is presented.

Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie’s career now spans some four decades. Her voice is world-famous and she is considered the First Lady of Rock.

Tips

  • If possible, try and leave your car at home today. We recommend using the local public transport network – it is completely free of charge for holders of a finish area ticket, and there will be even more trains running than usual in order to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. The trains between Wörgl and Kufstein will have extra carriages fitted to transport more passengers.
  • Innsbruck main railway station will not be reachable by car during the races. Trains will stop additionally at Innsbruck west station and Rum main station. Those stations are reachable by car.
  • Stay up to date in real time with public transport timetables at fahrplan.vvt.at and using the VVT SmartRide App.
  • All the latest traffic and travel information is available at maps.oeamtc.at and via the ÖAMTC App.
  • Click on the following link for information about parking around Innsbruck www.innsbruck-tirol2018.com/en/getting-here

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