With team time trials, monumental mountain passes, well-known ski destinations, various lake regions, vineyards, hilly Appenzell and Mediterranean flair, the Tour de Suisse 2018 offers everything a cyclist’s heart could desire.
The Swiss National Tour promises great cycling in all language regions of the country. The 21 teams will compete in a spectacular team time trial in Frauenfeld on Saturday 9 June. From Stefan Kueng’s home country the 82nd Tour de Suisse leads counter-clockwise over Ferdy Kuebler’s favourite pass, the Klausen, to Bellinzona.
This year again, the Tour de Suisse offers a great racing feeling on the roadside and on TV screens at the start and finish weekend with shorter circuits.
Hobby riders can once again compete in the coveted Tour de Suisse Challenge. The popular everyman race on parts of the Tour de Suisse’s original route will take place at both the start hub in Frauenfeld and the finish hub in Bellinzona. You can register for one or all three stages of the TdS Challenge 2018 here.
On both race weekends, further attractions such as TdS Kids World, TdS Bike Expo and culinary offers will ensure an unforgettable cycling experience.
Friday, 08 June 2018, Team presentation in Frauenfeld (TG)
The organizers are looking forward to the starting weekend in Frauenfeld with a cycling festival for young and old. On Friday in Frauenfeld the 18 teams of the UCI WorldTour as well as the three teams with a wildcard will be presented to the public in an exciting format.
Saturday, 09 June 2018, 1st stage: Team time trial Frauenfeld (TG) [18km, 190hm]
The Tour de Suisse 2018 begins with a brilliant team time trial in Frauenfeld.
The hilly circuit around the Frauenfeld start hub promises a demanding and spectacular race of the seven-man formations. “There hasn’t been a team time trial for years and promises great excitement in the fight for the first TdS 2018 leader’s jersey,” David Loosli, Sports Director of the TdS, is looking forward to the opening time trial.
Sunday, 10 June 2018, 2nd stage: Frauenfeld (TG) circuit [155km, 1960hm]
On Sunday the drivers will start on a circuit north of Frauenfeld. They complete the hilly circuit four times, thus offering spectators an exciting racing experience at the roadside. The organizers are expecting a fast and fiercely competitive race until the finish line in Frauenfeld.
Monday, 11 June 2018, 3rd stage: Oberstammheim (ZH) – Gansingen (AG) [182km, 1986hm]
With a start and finish loop, the 3rd stage will again offer the spectators a special racing experience, as the riders will pass parts of the track twice.
The route, which is reminiscent of the spring classics with 5 short but poisonous climbs, will provide action and a difficult sprint arrival. It is quite possible that a small group of runaways will steal the show from the sprinters in Gansingen.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 4th stage: Gansingen (AG) – Gstaad (BE) [189km, 2180hm]
On the fourth day, the Tour de Suisse will slowly but surely leave the lowlands behind and set off for Gstaad. The riders in the peloton don’t have to overcome a difficult pass yet, but there are a few metres of altitude to climb before arriving in glamorous Gstaad. The riders reach their destination in the well-known Saanenland after a downhill run from Saanenmöser.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 5th stage: Gstaad (BE) – Leukerbad (VS) [155km, 2580hm]
The route of the 5th stage is entirely dedicated to winter sports; from Gstaad the peloton will lead the peloton over three major climbs and through three ski areas. The first item on the programme is the Col du Pillon, an old acquaintance of the Tour de Suisse. At Col du Pillon such illustrious riders as Gino Bartali, Ferdy Kübler, Beat Breu and Toni Rominger won the mountain prize.
The route then leads from the Lower Valais up to Montana, with the final ascent leading from Leuk up to Leukerbad. The Valais winter sports resort has already twice (1985 & 2006) been the arrival point of the Tour de Suisse.
The fifth stage with its three climbs will be one of the key points for the overall victory in 2018.
Thursday, 14 June 2018, 6th stage: Fiesch (VS) – Gommiswald (SG) [186km, 3328hm]
The king’s stage of this year’s Tour de Suisse leads with the Furka Pass and the Klausen Pass over two well-known and extremely demanding alpine passes. The stage comes with the two hors catégorie passes, with a total ascent of over 3,300 metres.
The royal stage is also marked by the Swiss cycling legend Ferdy Kübler; the Klausen Pass was Ferdy Kübler’s local mountain and on the Furka Pass Kübler won the Mountain Prize in 1947.
It is quite possible that in Gommiswald the victory will be decided among a small group of runaways.
Friday, 15 June 2018, 7th stage: Eschenbach/Atzmännig (SG) – Arosa (GB) [170km, 2923hm]
The 7th stage leads from the small summer and winter sports station Atzmännig through the Appenzeller Land with its beautiful green hills.
From Chur at the latest the route becomes more alpine and steeper again. The Tour de Suisse has been a frequent and welcome guest at Obersee since its first mountain arrival in Arosa in 1946. This year again, the contenders for the overall victory in the holiday resort of Arosa will most certainly note the mountain arrival in red.
Saturday, 16 June 2018, 8th stage: Circuit Bellinzona (TI) [123km, 1045hm]
For the finish weekend, the Tour de Suisse 2018 will travel to the sunny canton of Ticino. The Tour de Suisse made its first appearance in Bellinzona in 1937. At the finish line hub in Bellinzona on Saturday, a rather flat circuit leads along the Ticino for six laps.
The peloton offers the spectators a great sports festival with six passages. The stage offers the sprinters a last chance to shine. A fast race is called for.
Sunday, 17 June 2018, 9th stage: Individual time trial Bellinzona (TI) [34km, 279hm]
The final individual time trial on Sunday in the main town of Ticino is the last test for overall victory and the highlight for the specialists in the race against the clock.
The fast course along the >g id=”gid_0″>http://staging-tourdesuisse.plan-net.swiss/ Ticino around and through Bellinzona promises spectacular racing atmosphere and excitement at the end of this year’s Tour de Suisse.
Total: 1’194km and 16’471 meters altitude difference.