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Friday, 21.06.2019

7th stage: Unterterzen - San Gottardo

The following day, the riders will set out along Lake Walen for the longest stage of this year’s race. Following the Rhine upstream, the route goes via Chur to Disentis.
At this point, the route becomes even more mountainous and steeper; the Lukmanier Pass will really put the riders to the test.
Once they leave Biasca in Ticino, the rest of the stage is a relentless 50 km uphill climb. The crowning finish of the seventh stage is the historic Tremola on the Gothard Pass. This historic – cobbled – pass road is one of the best-known and impressive Alpine passes of all. The summit finish in this beloved Swiss location will ensure an electric atmosphere.

Unterterzen on the banks of the Walensee – East Switzerland's riviera

The mild climate, the fjord-like lake and the region around the Walensee, with its breathtaking backdrop of the Churfirsten mountain range, is truly a world apart.

The Walensee ferry company is based in Unterterzen, transporting visitors smoothly and conveniently to the many places and activities around the lake as well as hosting their own special on-board culinary events. Quinten, the idyllic wine-making village, is a popular spot. Nestled between the lake and the vertiginous cliffs of the Churfirsten range, Quinten is only reachable by boat or on foot. The mild climate is excellent for growing figs and other tropical fruits as well as grapes. The new Walensee Adventure Tour has been created for families and younger visitors. There is a story and five play parks all around the lake, linked by the Walensee ferry; these are all part of the Walensee Adventure Tour.

Using a treasure map and Mara’s story, children can discover the adventure of Mara and her friend, Jonas. Or, they can enjoy splashing and playing in the Walensee – the crystal-clear waters of the lake are so inviting, from the rocky coves to the genuine sandy beach.

One interesting historical feature is the old flour mill, built in 1675 and brought back into operation in the First and Second World War when food was short.

Unterterzen on the Walensee looks forward to welcoming you.

San Gottardo

Airolo is the ideal starting point to discover the Gotthard region. Landscapes and scenarios of rare beauty: downhill skiing, off-piste skiing, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, hiking and much it is an ideal place to start discovering the Swiss Alps. The Gotthard massif, in all seasons of the year, has its own charm and offers many opportunities for recreation.

The Tremola: is the king of the Alpine roads. From Airolo, the historic pass road snakes around hairpin bends up to the Gotthard, is one of the most beautiful and thrilling pass roads for avid cyclists. It was built at the start of the 19th century and later paved with hundreds of thousands of granite cobblestones between 1937 and 1941. It winds from Airolo up to the Gotthard Pass at 2,106m with 24 switchbacks along the way.

Do not miss the visit to the National Museum and the Sasso San Gottardo on the San Gotthard Pass; in Airolo the Forte Airolo and the Gotthard’s cheese factory: an unforgettable experience for young and old, wheter families, schools or groups.