The race begins on descent and in Brascam, after almost 30 kilometres, the route starts to go up. The gradients are very modest at first and gradually it gets steeper. Eventually the riders enter the Lukmanier Pass. Which is a climb of 18 kilometres long and an average gradient of 5.6%.
The riders fly down a 50 kilometres descent before the next climb looms. It’s 6.3 kilometres long and averages 6.1%. When the riders reach Laax ski resort there are almost 70 kilometres left to race.
The Tour de Suisse descends to Chur and continues towards Liechtenstein. Just before entering the dwarf state a short kicker – 2.4 kilometres at 7.7% – features several double digit sectors.
The riders then enter Liechtenstein on descent and 5 kilometres later the finish climb kicks in. It’s a 14.4 kilometres toil at 8.6% with the hardest bit inside the last 2 kilometres. Roughly 1 kilometre goes up at 11% and this could turn out to be crucial.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints come with 3, 2 en 1 seconds.
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Tour de Suisse 2021 stage 7: route, profile, more
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