Tour de Suisse 2014 Route stage 6: Büren an der Aare - Delémont
Thursday, June 19th – Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour de Suisse takes in a majestic outflanking movement which leads from Büren an der Aare to Delémont. The places are really not that far apart, but the riders take such a detour it keeps them preoccupied for 192.8 kilometres. Along the way they crest four categorized cols, the final one with just 10 kilometres left to race. (Slideshow route/profile)
Delémont is in the Jura Mountains. Upon leaving Büren an der Aare riders do not, like most travelers would, head straight for their target. No, the route takes them further in exactly the direction they were heading yesterday,to the southeast. Only when there really is no other option – apart from riding into Lake Neuchâtel, do they adjust their route. Along Lake Biel the riders go west, into Parc Régional de Chasseral.
Flat for 40 kilometres, the road then rises to Grand Chaumont at 1,105 metres, crested after 57.5 kilometres in the saddle. Next is Col des Pontins, 15 kilometres down the road. Upon descending to La Ferriere, a non-categorized climb follows.
At 85 kilometres, a slightly descending section takes the riders to the Col des Rangiers, a 2nd category climb which opens the finale. Next up is Le Rond-Pré (3nd category) and the stage closes with a 6.6 kilometres descent and a flat stretch of 4.6 kilometres. The finish is a false flat upwards.
Today’s ride takes the bunch to the town of Delémont, a well preserved renaissance-like municipality. The people living here like to cycle. Every June, 34 kilometers of road are made car-free in order to free it up for bikes and skaters.
The stage starts at 11:56 (CET) and the finish is expected around 17:05.
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