Fribourg hosts the prologue and has been a Tour de Romandie host city many times prior, but for Delémont and a pro-cycling peloton we have to go back to 2014. That year, the 6th stage of the Tour the Suisse finished in the Renaissance style town. Although the race traveled over four intermediate climbs it came down to a group sprint with Matteo Trentin turning out on top.
Although it’s been a while since a pro-cycling peloton last visited Delémont the inhabitants do like to ride their bicycles – or, for that matter, use other non-motorized transport. Every June, 34 kilometres of roads are made car-free in order to make it available for bikes and skaters.
Four years Trentin’s victory Delémont will cheer upon his successor following a race with four intermediate climbs. The first one is 4.3 kilometres at 8.3% and the crest is reached at kilometre 40.7 in Lignières. The route drops down to the valley only to climb up the Col Pierre Pertuis – 2.5 kilometre at 6% and with its summit at kilometres 74.7. On descent the riders enter a 29.5 kilometres circuit around Delémont with two times a haul up Le Sommet. This 6.2 kilometres climb is averaging 6.4% and following a short descent the climb continues for 3 kilometres at almost 3%. The last time over the top it’s 10.4 kilometres left to the line, mostly downhill yet the 4 final kilometres are on the flat.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Tour de Romandie 2018 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles and more
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