The Swiss canton of Zug is the start hub of the Tour de Suisse from 2015 to 2017. Last year the race opened in Risch-Rotkreuz and this time Baar is the host, located on the other side of Lake Zug. On both occasions we are talking time trialing. In Risch-Rotkreuz Tom Dumoulin was fastest, besting home rider Fabian Cancellara.
The race is on rolling roads. The opening kilometre is slightly downhill before a 500 metres climb at 5% takes the riders to the highest point of the day. Following a drop the last 3 kilometres are a false flat leading up to the finish line.
Baar has been hosting the Tour de Suisse since 2001, when it was the backdrop for a Gianluca Bortolami win in stage 3. The next day the peloton left from Baar to head for Wildhaus, resulting in a Vinokourov victory.
Live race report stage 1, 2016 Tour de Suisse.
Tour de Suisse 2016 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, etc.
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