The Tour de Suisse 2020 promises a fast time trial and spectacular sprint arrivals in the first half, followed by a series of the most demanding mountain stages in recent times including a mountain time trial and the triumvirate of Furka-Grimsel-Sustenpass.
The Swiss National Tour offers great cycling in all language regions of the country also in the coming summer.
The riders of the 23 teams will start on Sunday 6 June in Frauenfeld (TG) for the 84th edition of the Tour de Suisse. This leads counterclockwise into the Lake Zurich region, across the Central Plateau to Vaud, into the Valais and to the crowning conclusion in the heart of the Alps.
Once again this year, the Tour de Suisse will provide a double racing feeling at the roadside and on TV screens with additional loops at several finishes.
Hobby riders can compete against each other at the Tour de Suisse Challenge. The popular everyman race on the original Tour de Suisse course will receive a facelift for 2020!
In the new format, hobby riders slip into the skin of a professional for a week, tired legs included. Now all the stages are completed on the original route. The start is in the morning before the pros. Driving is done in groups led by professional TdS Challenge Road Coaches, such as the former Swiss professional Marcel Wyss.
You can register for a limited starting place at the TdS Challenge 2020 here.
On both race weekends, other attractions in the Tour de Suisse Village such as TdS Kids-World, TdS Bike-Expo and culinary offers will ensure an unforgettable cycling experience.
Already today you can ride selected original routes of the upcoming Tour de Suisse at home via ROUVY and a roller trainer test and compete with other athletes.
Saturday, 6 June 2020, Team presentation in Frauenfeld (TG)
The organizers are looking forward to the starting weekend in Frauenfeld with a cycling festival for the whole region. On Saturday the 23 teams will be presented to the public. The team presentation is an ideal opportunity to experience the cycling pros up close.
Cycling for young and old is offered by the Charity Ride as well as the Family Ride (slow-up), which takes place on a cordoned-off course.
Sunday, June 7, 2020, 1st stage: Individual time trial Frauenfeld (TG) [11km, 45hm]
The Tour de Suisse 2020 starts with a short individual time trial in Frauenfeld.
The flat circuit in the northern part of Frauenfeld promises a fast race against the clock. The time trial specialists will fight for every second from the first meter on.
Will Stefan Küng be able to use his home advantage and put on the yellow leader’s jersey in Frauenfeld as he did two years ago?
Monday, June 8, 2020, 2nd stage: Neuhausen am Rheinfall (SH) – Lachen (SZ) [179km, 2819hm]
The first mass start of the 84th Tour de Suisse takes place in Neuhausen am Rheinfall against an impressive backdrop. The cycling world elite will have the Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfall – directly in front of them on the start lap in a steep climb.
From the northernmost tip of the country the route leads via Schaffhausen, to Steckborn on Lake Constance and Weinfelden.
In the Tösstal region at the latest, the stage shows its hilly face including two Berpreis categories in Ghöch and on the Oberricken.
Via Gommiswald and Reichenburg the riders approach the Obersee and the stage arrival in Lachen. However, Lachen is not approached directly, but over a hilly course including two mountain prizes.
The first mass start stage will be dominated by tactical games, courageous attacks and the prospect of the leader’s jersey.
Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 3rd stage: Lachen (SZ) – Pfaffnau (LU) [186km, 2’495hm].
The third stage is all about the lakes – no less than six lakes will be passed along the way.
The start will be at the Upper Zurich Lake. The route leads along Lake Aegeri over the saddle to Arth-Goldau and Lake Zug. From there it leads over the Baldeggersee and Hallwilersee to Zofingen.
Before arriving in Pfaffnau, the drivers complete an additional loop.
Due to the hilly terrain, the third stage has a spring classic character, which should lead to an exciting race – on site and for the worldwide TV audience.
Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 4th stage: St. Urban (LU) – Moudon (VD) [180km, 2110hm]
On Wednesday, the international field of drivers will start in front of the baroque 18th century St. Urban monastery in the direction of western Switzerland.
The 4th stage leads via Langenthal in the direction of Seeland across the Mittelland.
After passing through the medieval old town and the old wooden bridge of Aarberg, the route leads to the northern shore of Lake Murten, famous for the wine of Mont Vully.
At the latest from Estavayer-le-Lac, the tour is in the French-speaking part of the country.
Also in Moudon, thanks to a finish loop, the spectators get to see the drivers’ field twice.
The organizers expect a fast and fiercely competitive race until the finish line in Moudon. The stage offers the sprinters a last chance to shine. A fast race is called for.
Thursday, 11 June 2020, 5th stage: Moudon (VD) – Leukerbad (VS) [205km, 3364hm].
In Moudon, the peloton will start the longest stage of the 84th edition in front of the impressive Gothic church of Saint-Etienne.
The field of riders climbs the Col des Mosses via Bulle from the Gruyère side, just like three years ago on the stage to Villars-Sur-Ollon.
After a rapid descent, stage 5 passes the headquarters of the International Cycling Union UCI in Aigle. Up the Rhone valley, towards Martigny and Sion, the World Road Championships will be another cycling highlight in autumn.
Unlike two years ago, this year’s tour of the country will take a new, less well-known route to Leukerbad. The more difficult ascent leads over an impressive number of serpentines to Bratsch and Albinen to Leukerbad.
This new ascent is guaranteed to remix the overall classification and provide some surprises.
Friday, 12 June 2020, 6th stage: Fiesch (VS) – Sedrun (GR) [162km, 3724hm].
Now the alpine challenges follow one after the other.
On the way from Fiesch in Valais to Ticino, the Nufenen Pass is the highest road pass in Switzerland.
From Airolo the tour leads down the Leventina to Biasca. From there it goes over the Tour de Suisse’s second busiest alpine pass – the Lukmanierpass – into Graubünden.
In Disentis, the racing team turns left into the final ascent (9km) to Sedrun where the spectators await the riders for the second ascent.
Saturday, June 13, 2020, 7th stage: Single time trial Disentis-Sedrun (GR) – Andermatt (UR) [23km, 656hm] [23km, 656hm
The target weekend will take place at the target hub Disentis/Sedrun – Andermatt in 2020.
The mountain time trial on Saturday from Disentis over the Oberalp pass to Andermatt symbolically connects the two cantons Grisons and Uri, which are closely connected in the region.
It will be exciting to see whether the pure time trial specialists will be able to prevail, or whether a climber or even an all-rounder will be able to do so.
While the overall classification riders are looking for a last correction before the final royal stage on Sunday.
The breathtaking track over the pass with the lighthouse offers the spectators a spectacular race atmosphere at the roadside and on the TV screens.
Sunday, 14 June 2020, 8th stage: King stage Andermatt (UR) circuit [118km, 3608hm]
The Tour de Suisse 2020 ends with a brilliant royal stage. The demanding alpine circuit leads over the triumvirate of Furka-Grimsel-Susten. The crowning final ascent in 2020 to the destination leads through the legendary Schöllenen Gorge to Andermatt.
With the four mountain prizes and hardly any flat sections, the stage comes to a total ascent of 3,600 metres in altitude.
One can already assume that the Tour de Suisse 2020 will remain exciting and open until the last day.
Total: 1’064km and 18’821 meters altitude difference.
Details of the eight stages can be found here.
Information on the coronavirus situation
At present, there are no indications that the TdS cannot be carried out in June. However, we internally work on appropriate scenarios to be best prepared for the possible changes.