Route for Tour de Suisse 2012 finalised!, 08. February 2012

The Tour de Suisse 2012 will be launched in Lugano on 9 June this year. Riders can then expect a challenging and varied tour over the remaining 8 days.

From 9 – 17 June the eyes of the cycle sport world will be on the world’s fourth-biggest cycle race, the Tour de Suisse. All of the 18 UCI World Tour teams will be in the starting line-up and a thrilling race is in store for them. As has been the practice in recent years, the Tour de Suisse 2012 will start with a time trial in Lugano and then take a detour to Italy. The second stage will start in Verbania (Italy) before the riders return to Swiss soil. During this early stage the Simplon Pass (2005 m above sea level) will be the highest point of this year’s Tour de Suisse.
Beat Zberg, Sports Director of the Tour de Suisse and also in charge of planning the route at the event organiser IMG (Schweiz) AG, sees this as one of the key stages of this year’s tour: “The tough final ascent to Verbier still has to be conquered after the Simplon Pass. Anyone hoping to do battle for an overall victory must lay their cards on the table right after the second stage.”

Additional laps have proved of value
Apart from Verbier, the Tour de Suisse 2012 also stops off in Martigny in western Switzerland. After starting there, it heads for Lake Geneva along the roads of western Switzerland. The riders are set to enjoy a truly fantastic atmosphere on arriving at this destination, as the finishing line is situated in the heart of the little town of Aarberg. This is also the starting point for the 4th leg to Trimbach/Olten. An interesting ascent in the shape of the Schelten Pass awaits the riders en route. The TdS has travelled this ascent just once before.
On the Olten/Trimbach stage from Frick to Gansingen the peloton does a circuit of Gansingen when it reaches its destination. This circuit must be covered twice.
Two additional laps also have to be ridden during the 6th leg from Wittnau to Bischofszell (TG). The additional lap is quite short and highly conducive to an exciting race.

Three further crucial stages for the overall victory
For Beat Zberg, there are key stages on the programme for each of the last three days. While the Tour de Suisse has been rounded off with a time trial in past years, this is the preferred option for the 7th stage this year. “Hardly a single metre is straight, the steady climb and lots of technically difficult sections make time trials particularly hard. It will take a time trial supremo to secure victory on the day,” comments Zberg on the time trial.
The shortest stage of the Tour de Suisse 2012 will be launched in Bischofszell (TG). The last few kilometres from Litzirüti to Arosa again become very steep and especially interesting in terms of overall rankings.
The final leg of the tour will be the royal stage (Königsetappe) from Näfels-Lintharena to Sörenberg. These 215.8 kilometres are expected to be a particularly enjoyable treat, whilst the rides through the towns of Zug and Lucerne are further highlights. Awaiting on the extra loop are the two mountain passes Glaubenbielen and, from Sarnen, the Glaubenberg, another tough ride. Last but not least comes the final ascent to Sörenberg. Even during this stage a lot can still happen.