The Tour de Romandie begins with a 3,95 kilometres prologue featuring 75 metres of climbing, while the 1st stage brings the first chance for the sprinters after a race with four modest climbs. In stage 2 the peloton heads for Morgins. The 173.9 kilometres course concludes with a wto stage ascent at 22 kilometres.
In stage 3 it’s chrono-race time again. The second time trial is played out on a 15.1 kilometres course in Sion, featuring a climb with steepest sectors at around 10%.
At 173.2 kilometres, the Queen Stage leads from Conthey to Villars. The toil up to the ski-resort is an irregular 15.8 kilometres climb. The average gradient is 5.3%, yet the middle section is a lot steeper than that. All in all, the route features five cols, three in category 1 and two in category 3.
The closing stage to Geneva should be for the sprinters.
Chris Froome took the 6-day stage-race in the French speaking part of Switzerland in 2013 and 2014, while Ilnur Zakarin is title holder in the Tour de Romandie.
Tour de Romandie 2016: Route, google Maps and Tweets
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