Tour de Romandie 2023 Route stage 4: Sion - Thyon 2000

Saturday 29 April - The Queen Stage of the Tour de Romandië is a 161.3 kilometres contest with mountain top finish in Thyon 2000. The elevation gain adds up to 4,157 metres, while the finish climb is 20.7 kilometres long and averages 7.7%.

The route is a carbon copy of the Queen Stage of two editions ago, which was played out in atrotious conditions. It was raining cats and dogs from start tot finish and it came down to a two-up sprint. Or, so it seemed. But then Geraint Thomas lost grip of his handle bar, hit the deck, and Michael Woods rowed on in his pedalo to the stage win.

Sion is located at the foot of the finish climb, but the race is not handed to the riders on a silver platter. A detour takes in four climbs, the first of which appears shortly after the start. This one is merely there to stretch the legs – or to intiate the breakaway – and the first proper climb begins after 34 kilometres. The ascent to Anzère is 15 kilometres long and goes up at 7%.

The riders plunge down a 10 kilometres descent, only to go up again to Lens, which is a 3.5 kilometres climb at 6.8%. After returning to the valleu and approximately 40 kilometres on the flat the climbs toe Suen is 15 kilometres lomg, while the average gradients sits at 6.2%. The enduing downhill is cut in two by a flat section halfway.

Then it’s time for the Grande Finale. In winter, Thyon 2000 is the eastern gateway to skiing area the 4 Vallées, but today it serves as the finish to the Queen Stage of the Tour de Romandie. The 20.7 kilometres climb averages 7.7%. It’s a long but steady ascent with the steepest sections – at almost 10% – inside the last 2 kilometres.

The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.

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