Tour de Suisse 2019 Route stage 6: Einsiedeln - Flumserberg
Thursday 20 June - At 120.2 kilometres, the 6th stage of the Tour de Suisse is the shortest of this edition. The race travels from Einsiedeln to a final climb of 10.8 kilometres to Flumserberg. The average gradient of the final haul up sits at 9%.
Although the route totals a moderate altitude gain – 1,941 metres – the final climb could open up some majors gaps on GC. So possibly the 6th stage will be the first key moment in terms of the battle for the overall victory in this year’s Tour de Suisse.
From Einsiedeln the riders cross Lake Zurich over the Seedamm to reach Rapperswil. The route continues to Alt Sankt Johann, which lies at the foot of the Wildhaus climb – 5.5 kilometres at 3.7%, which really is a biased statistic as the first 2 kilometres are merely a false flat.
The route descends to a section of 10 kilometres on the flat before the climb to Flumserberg appears. The 10.8 kilometres ascent is steady, with gradients mostly hovering around 8 to 9%. The third and fourth kilometre before the top serve double digits, though.
Flumserberg lies high above Lake Walen. The last time the Tour de Suisse visited the ski resort was in 1995, when Marco Pantani climbed to victory with a successful solo breakaway.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while two intermediate sprints (at 81.6 and 105.9 kilometre) comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Another interesting read: results/race report 2019 Tour de Suisse.
Tour de Suisse 2019 stage 6: route, profile, videos
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