The spectacular mountain stage of the Tour of Austria
Kitzbühel and its local mountain, the Kitzbüheler Horn, have now been a stage finish for the biggest cycling event in Austria an impressive total of 20 times. In the 71st Tour of Austria, the town even enjoyed the honour of being the start and finish location of the all-important final stage. After setting off in the town centre, the winner of the 2019 event faced a total of 116 challenging kilometres and a difference in altitude of 2,215 metres before reaching the finish line on the Kitzbüheler Horn at an altitude of 1,670 metres above sea level. The steepest incline in this demanding stage on Kitzbühel’s local mountain is a tough 23 percent. The Tour of Austria will pay Kitzbühel a visit again from the 2nd to 3rd of july 2020.
At the press conference on 17 April 2020, Vice-Chancellor Kogler announced a ban on major events until 31 August 2020.
The ÖRV Presidium then unanimously decided to postpone the 72nd Tour of Austria (27 June to 3 July) until next year. ÖRV President Harald J. Mayer reiterated the decision “We will continue to take our responsibility very seriously and above all we will not take any risks.
Premiere of the Kitzbühel Cycling Marathon not until 2021.
The ÖRV decision also affects the sisters’ event – the Kitzbühel Cycle Marathon will not be held until 2021. “The health and safety of everyone is our top priority, so unfortunately we see no way to hold a fair and safe competition in 2020,” the OC announced.