The 2018 Tour de Suisse starting weekend takes place at the Frauenfeld hub. Alongside the team time trial of the 1st stage, the 2nd stage is a circuit race over several laps in the capital of the canton of Thurgau, which lies close to the German border in the north of the country.
Last year, the Tour de Suisse started with an individual time trial in Cham, while Rohan Dennis powered to the win. Stage 2 was a hilly criterium around Cham and Philippe Gilbert took the stage by winning the bunch sprint.
The 3rd stage of the 2018 edition ends in Gansingen. It’s been six editions since the Tour de Suisse visited the village. Vladimir Isaychev brought the early break home by outsprinting a group with Karsten Kroon, Daniel Oss, Rubén Pérez, Salvatore Puccio, and Sébastien Minard.
Following stages to Gstaad, Leukerbad and Gommiswald the 7nd runs to the summer and winter tourist resort of Arosa, which is located at an altitude of 1,775 metres. In 2012, Michael Albasini soloed to victory in Arosa, while Chris Horner took the stage honours in the 2005 Tour de Suisse ahead of Vincenzo Nibali. The Shark of Messina was only twenty years of age then.
The closing weekend takes place in the southernmost canton of Switzerland. Both stages start and finish in Bellinzona, a beautiful town east of the Ticino river which it is famous for its three castles: Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro. Furthermore, Bellinzona is surrounded by Alps, so we can expect some exciting routes – these are yet to be announced, but it’s already conformed that stage 8 will be a criterium and stage 9 an individual time trial.
In 2014, the Tour de Suisse started with a 9.4 kilometres ITT in Bellinzona and Tony Martin took the win ahead of Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis. The then 2nd stage went from Bellinzona to Sarnen and Cameron Meyer brought an early break home, winning ahead of Philip Deignan and Larry Warbasse.
Tour de Suisse 2018: Route maps, videos, and more
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