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Today, the main square in Linz belongs to cycling professionals

Today, the main square in Linz belongs to cycling professionals

But this has nothing to do with track work, but with cyclists. However, this is not a sign that the car-free main arena will become a reality overnight, but rather with the start of the Tour of Upper Austria. It’s a sports spectacle of a special kind, because from a distance of 651 meters it usually doesn’t make a fuss. The introduction from the main square above the old town to Linz Castle is one of the unusual categories.

With an altitude of 37 meters and a maximum incline of 15 percent over this short distance plus the cobblestones as a treacherous surface, especially when it rains, it’s a huge challenge for professional cyclists. Due to the narrowness of the track, 144 athletes will start individually, starting at 6.15 pm (there is a moderate live broadcast on nachrichten.at). In 2021, Belgian specialist Dan Sweety won with a time of 1:03:24 minutes. Average speed: 40 km / h. The Support Program begins in the main plaza at 4.30pm with a demo.

The necessary construction work for the scene makes it necessary to close the Klosterstra├če and the main square from 10 am. The Promenade-Graben axis remains passable. Even taxis have to leave the main square in a short time today, they can be found in Lentos.

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