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.
Tour de Suisse 2014 stage 6: Images and more
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