Tour of Austria

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The Tour of Austria is an international cycling race that has been held annually since 1947 .

The stage race is part of the UCI Europe Tour and was classified in UCI Category 2.1 until 2005 and in the Hors Catégorie from 2006 . In 2016, the tour was downgraded to category 2.1 again for organizational reasons . For the 2020 season, the tour was included in the newly created UCI ProSeries .

The Austria Tour 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic .


The race, which lasts between seven and ten stages, was held for the first time in the post-war period in 1947 and its reputation grew considerably in the 1990s. Because of its demanding mountain stages, the Tour of Austria served as a preparatory race for the Tour de France for many athletes . Since 2005, however, the tour is no longer held in June, as it was before, but at the beginning of July and thus at the same time as the Tour de France. Twenty Austrians have won the tour since 1949.

In 1978, the night before the 5th stage ( Kaprun - Innsbruck ) on May 30th, the two buses of the German and East German teams were broken into and three racing bikes each were stolen. The participation of both teams was made possible by six spare wheels from other teams.

In 2007 the Tour of Austria was increased to eight stage days and in 2008 eight stages were also driven. Stars like Tom Boonen , Davide Rebellin , Danilo di Luca , Paolo Bettini , Danilo Napolitano and Paolo Savoldelli were able to sign up for the 60th edition of the 2008 tour . The 60th round trip was won by Thomas Rohrgger from Austria. The 61st edition of the 2009 tour was held between July 5th and July 12th. In addition, four national champions contested the Tour of Austria: in addition to Markus Eibegger from Austria, Martin Reimer from Germany , Martin Velits from Slovakia and Koos Moerenhout from the Netherlands .

Scoring jerseys

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As with every cycling tour, there are also different rating jerseys on the Austria Tour:

  • The red jersey: As of 2018, the overall leader of the Tour of Austria will wear red due to the new main sponsor Flyeralarm . Until 2017 it was the yellow jersey. The overall ranking is created by adding up the times of all stages, taking into account the time credits and time penalties. The same time is used for all drivers who cross the finish line in a group. As long as one of the following does not reach the goal more than one second after the person in front, both are counted in the same group.
  • The green jersey: The green jersey has been the leader in the points classification since 2015 . The driver with the most points is the wearer of the green jersey. The points are awarded per stage for the first ten drivers in the order of their classification (15, 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 points). In addition, points are awarded in the sprint ratings during the individual stages (4, 2 and 1 points). Until 2008 the jersey was white and blue. In 2009 and 2010 the color of the shirt was green. From 2011 to 2014 it was red.
  • The red-dotted jersey: The white jersey with the red dots is worn by the rider who leads the mountain classification . The dotted jersey is worn by every driver who was able to collect the most points in the mountain classifications. The number of rating points depends on the difficulty of the ascent. The highest points are awarded for mountain ratings in the Hors Catégorie, then descending to I., II., III. and IV. category.
  • The leading team in the team competition does not wear a leadership jersey.
  • The golden jersey: Traditionally the best Austrian in the field is also honored on the Tour of Austria. The best red-white-red athlete in the overall standings wears the gold jersey.
  • The best U25 driver is awarded a yellow number.

See also

Web links

Commons : Tour of Austria  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Steinberger: "Established at a high level". In: October 19, 2019, accessed October 11, 2019 .
  2. Tour of Austria canceled for 2020. In: . April 17, 2020, accessed April 17, 2020 .
  3. Kaprun: Rennräder weg, print p. 14, May 31, 1978, accessed April 17, 2020.