5th stage: Bex - Cevio
At this stage, the Tour de Suisse detours into Italy. From Bex, the riders will turn off in Brig towards the Simplon pass, which has an elevation of 2,005 m and lies within Switzerland. After crossing the Italian border, the fifth stage will travel over Italian soil back to Switzerland, passing through Centovalli to Avegno. There, the route turns into the Maggia valley before finishing in Cevio. Despite the climb up to the Simplon pass, there is no ruling out the possibility of a sprint finish.
Start in Bex
With the third largest territory in the state of Vaud, Bex municipality stretches from the banks of the Rhône to the summit of Les Diablerets and is characterised by a wide variety of landscapes and a particularly rich range of colours.
Nestled at the foot of Montet Hill and sheltered from the wind, Bex village is located at the meeting point of the two valleys of Avançon de Nant and Avançon d’Anzeindaz. Higher up, Pont-de-Nant and the Solalex pasture make for wonderful excursions, in an abundant, welcoming natural environment, forming a haven of peace and healing for many visitors. With more than 3000 mountain plants classified by region, “La Thomasia” Alpine garden at Pont-de-Nant is the entrance to the Vallon de Nant Natural Reserve.
Crisscrossing clay-like soil, the vineyards of Bex produce a characteristic wine whose fame goes way beyond the canton’s borders. A large number of other natural sources feed the network with exceptional quality drinking water while a salt mine supplies the entire population in the Canton. The Salt Mines are also a not-to-be-missed attraction to visit while in the area.
A large number of events are organised in Bex regularly, such as the tri-annual “Bex & Art” – an exhibition of huge contemporary sculptures of national importance in a fantastic natural setting.
Bex is becoming since a few year quite known for its gastronomy but remember we have the basic cooking ingredient in Bex : salt ! Five restaurants are in the Gault & Millau guide listed. The other ones are remarquable as well.
See our website : http://www.villars-diablerets.ch/fr/Z1653/restaurants-villars-gryon-bex
All kind of accommodation are available in Bex. You can either sleep in a 3 Stars Hotel, in a luxury guesthouse, in an apparment of even in a farm.
Visit our accommodation page by clicking here: http://www.villars-diablerets.ch/fr/Z1653/restaurants-villars-gryon-bex
How to get in Bex by train
From Lausanne :
Train SBB arriving in Bex fro Lausanne at 9 :04, 9 :55, 10 :55 am. Walk 10 Minutes or take the train Bex Villars Bretaye (BVB) departure from the station at 9 :09, 10 :01, 11 :15 am. Stop at La Ruaz.
From St Maurice:
Train SBB arriving in Bex from Saint Maurice at 9 :02, 10 :02, 10 :35. Walk 10 Minutes or take the train Bex Villars Bretaye (BVB) departure from the station at 9 :09, 11 :15 am. (no connection with the train of 10 :02am).
How to get in Bex by car
Highway A9 exit 19 Bex, follow the signs posted and staff indication to reach the parking.
Follow the signs ‘P Manifestation’ in order to reach the public parking places : Rue du Signal, Quai de l’Avançon, rue du Simplon and rue de Vauvrise. The Bellevue parking close to the departure place will not be at disposal of the public.
The avenue de la gare (from the Rte d’Aigle) as well as the Rue du Midi will both be closed from 13 June 6 pm until 14 June 3 pm.
The route d’Aigle will be closed from 14 June 8 am to 3 pm.
The avenue Biaudet will be closed from 14 June 8 am to 3 pm.
The avenue du Simplon will be closed on 14 June from 11 :10 am to let the cyclist go.
Traffic plan Bex
Arrival instruction Bex
Finish in Cevio
Being modelled through the years by its river Maggia, Valle Maggia is the broadest valley of the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. The side valley linked to Valle Maggia – called Bavona, Lavizzara and Rovana – enrich the territory with spectacular mountains that appeal to hikers from all over the world. Cevio is at the coming together of three alpine valleys and the town represents the last portion of flat land before the steps carved in the ice ages. The existence of Cevio and its central role in the valley has been reported since 1230.
The town is rich in well-preserved historical sites, like the charming “Piazza” that is surrounded by nineteenth-century houses. The Museo di Valmaggia, the museum in the old district of Cevio, is the most important cultural facility of the whole region. In the hamlet of Boschetto time stopped in 1700: even today people can see the structure of the ancient rural village, with its typical stone wall houses. In areas marked by fallen rocks in ancient times, the caves are until today used to store wine, cheese and cold cuts - and they will be consumed all together on the traditional stone tables.
Throughout the low Maggia Valley, the river flows slowly and offers visitors beautiful beaches made of fine sand, with natural wells dug into the rock where the emerald fresh water can be enjoyed. The town of Cevio is also the starting point of the road to Bosco Gurin. With its 1506 meters above the sea level, and the arrival of a memorable stage of Tour de Suisse in 1997, it is the highest village of Canton Ticino.