At an elevation of 434 metres, La Neuveville is a town with a very solid name. The Germans call it Neuenstadt and in the first writings about the city – dated 1314 – you’ll read about Nova Villa. All these names, they all mean the same: new town. Located on the shores of Lake Biel, La Neuveville is surrounded by vineyards.
With about 100 kilometres done, the small ski-resort Les Paccots is on the menu. A 2nd category climb takes the riders up there in 3.9 kilometres at a 6.7% grade. Alberto Contador has fond memories of the village as exactly ten years ago, he took the 5th stage of the Tour de Romandie in Les Paccots.
The next climb leads to Sorens, at an elevation of 1,008 metres. The 2nd category ascent is crested after a 4.4 kilometres climb at 5.1%. Another twenty kilometres down the road the riders reach Treyvaux after a climb of the 3rd category – 3.8 kilometres at a 3.7% grade. The race reaches its climax and in 12 kilometres the riders drop to arrival town Fribourg.
Last year, stage 4 both started and finished in Fribourg. After a long breakaway home-rider Michael Albasini took his third stage-win that edition.
Fribourg has a beautiful old centre. The city dates back to 1157 and in the old part you’ll find plenty of churches from the 12th to 17th centuries, plús a lot of bridges crossing the River Sarine. The Pont de Berne is notably charming.
The riders start at 13:00 (CET) and the arrival is to be expected around 17:08 (CET).
Tour de Romandie 2015 stage 4: Route, profile and more
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