Start and finish are near Einsiedeln Abbey, a Benedictine monastery that dates back to 934. Four years ago it was the finishing venue of stage 5. Elia Viviani took the spoils ahead of Peter Sagan and Jasper Stuyven.
The finale was a complete loop around Lake Sihl, while it will be half a loop this time. The riders cross the Willerzeller Viadukt shortly after the start. The 1.1 kilometres long road bridge – for bikes and pedestrians only – continues along the northern slopes of the lake.
The route is rounded out by a 1 kilometre section in Einsiedeln.
Einsiedeln is located at 900 metres above sea level, but the ITT course is entirely flat.
Last year’s Tour de Suisse concluded with an ITT of twice the distance. Remco Evenepoel won the race 3 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas, which was enough for the Welshman to take the GC victory.
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Tour de Suisse 2023 stage 1: route, profile, more
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