Tour de Suisse 2018 Route stage 8: Circuit Bellinzona
Saturday, 16 June 2018 - Stage 8 in the Tour de Suisse is a criterium through Ticino with start and finish in Bellinzona. Totalling at 123.8 kilometres, the route takes in six laps on a flat to rolling course.
As the neutral zone of 5.2 kilometres is deducted, the first round is 16.3 kilometres long, while the remaining laps are 21.5 kilometres. The route is never really flat, but the route should still favour fast finishers.
Bellinzona is the hub of the Tour de Suisse’s last two stages. The town east of the Ticino River is famous for its three castles: Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro. Furthermore, its location is stunning as the Bellinzona is surrounded by Alps.
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.
The first three riders on the line win time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (at kilometre 126.7 and at kilometre 135.9) come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
The 8th stage of the 2018 Tour de Suisse starts at 14:27 and the expected finish is at 17:20 – both local times.
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