Tour director Ursula Riha announced that the fourth stage of the Tour of Austria will close at the Kaiser Franz Josef Höhe. Located 2, 323 meters above sea level, riders will be tested on their stamina for this stage on July 7. The mountain top finish will be at the Grossglockner which is Austria’s highest mountain at 3, 798 meters above sea level.
Riha adds that this year’s climb will be different since the approach to the mountain will come from another side, “We haven’t ridden to the top of the tour on the “Heiligenblut” side for a long time now.” It was in 1990 when a mountain time trial ended at the Kaiser Franz Josef Höhe.
Due to its level of difficulty, whoever conquers the mountain is given the title Glocknerkönig (King of the Glockner). Previous holders of the title were Ivan Basso, Bernhard Kohl, Christian Pfannberger, Gerrit Glomser, and Koos Moerenhout.
Bleiburg will be where stage eight shall begin.