Once the flag is dropped the riders face the first climb. The Col des Rangiers is 8.4 kilometres and averaging 4.8%. The KOM is located at 856 metres and following a short drop the route continues on a false flat to an elevation of almost 1,000 metres. At kilometre 84 the riders drop down for a stint trough the valley before tackling the second and last climb of the day. The Col des Etroits is a 5.7 kilometres pass with an average gradient of 6%. Two editions ago the climb was included in the Tour de Romandie, yet was canceled due to poor weather. The Etroits peaks 1,152 metres.
Arrival place Yverdon-les-Bains lies on Lake Neuchâtel, almost 20 kilometres from the top of the Col des Etroits. Following the first passage on the line the race concludes with a rolling round of 34.4 kilometres with the last 10 kilometres flat.
The first three riders on the line take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 84.0 and at kilometre 149.8) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Stage 2 in the Tour de Romandie starts at 13:10 and the expected finish is around 17:12 – both are local times.
Tour de Romandie 2018 stage 2: Route maps, height profiles and more
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