Tour de Romandie 2015: The Route
The Tour de Romandie is a six-day Swiss stage race, this year starting with a team time trial on April 28. With a tough mountain stage and an individual time trial, the last two days probably will be decisive. Chris Froome is title holder.
The team time trial offers a 20 kilometres route between Vallée de Joux and Jurapark Le Pont Vollaoble. Bordering with France, the JuraParc is the only place in Switzerland with wolves and bears in the wild.
Stage 5 offers the most height-metres in the road-book, but stage 2 is not for the faint of heart either. In the 166 kilometres between Apples and Saint-Imier riders are to rise 2,446 metres in elevation. Stage 3 and stage 4 should be interesting for the men with the dynamite-legs, albeit both arrivals could be too much for the likes of Marcel Kittel. Riders who abhor to go vertical could be dropped on the 2nd and 3rd category-climbs crested within 15 kilometres of the finish line in both stages.
Stage 5 offers the Queen Stage of the Tour de Romandie 2015. Arrival-place Champex-Lax featured in last edition’s Queen Stage also. Back then the climb was the second of four categorized climb en route to Aigle. The stage was won by Simon Spilak, besting Chris Froome on the line.
The stage to Champex-Lac totals 3,381 height-metres. At an elevation of 1,493 metres, the village lies at the foot of the Mont Blanc-massif. Starting in Bovernie-Les Valettes, the ascent is 11.7 kilometres at 7.5%.
The Tour de Romandie closes on Sunday, May 3rd with a 17.3 kilometres individual time trial in Lausanne.
Six days later the pink circus of the Giro d’Italia opens on the Ligurian coast.
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