The first two days of action are in the Frauenfeld hub. The Tour de Suisse sets off with an 18 kilometres team time trial on undulating roads before the 2nd stage is a hilly circuit race in the capital of the canton of Thurgau, which lies close to the German border in the north of the country.
The 3rd stage takes in five short and sharp ascents on the road to Gansingen. Stage 4 is not flat either. Following a race with 2,180 vertical metres the finale is a drop down the Saanenmöser Pass.
Mountain goats are about to be fed now, as the route of stage 5 takes in the intermediate climbs up Col du Pillon and to ski resort (Crans)-Montana before a final haul up to the line in Leukerbad. The 6th stage is another chance for climbers as it features the most vertical metres in this year’s Tour de Suisse – namely 3,328. The route climbs the Furka Pass and Klausen Pass to finish with a downhill run-in to Gommiswald.
Climbers who are eyeing up the GC should be wide awake in stage 7 as this is the last mountain stage – it even features a mountain top finish. Following a rolling start through green hills the route grows more mountainous along the way to finish with a climb to Arosa.
After the starting hub in Frauenfeld the finishing hub is in Bellinzona. The beautiful town is surrounded by Alps, yet the circuit race on the penultimate day contains six laps on a largely flat route before the Tour de Suisse ends with an individual time trial of 34 kilometres. Once again, not mountainous at all – the last stage takes in merely 279 metres.
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