The destination of the Queen stage of this year’s Tour de Suisse Women has been decided. The grand culmination of the Women’s Tour will unfold on the climb up to the Roland Arena in Lantsch/Lenz. In the mens event, Locarno becomes the third stage location in Ticino.
Mountain finish at the Roland Arena
The last stage of the Tour de Suisse Women is also the Queen stage. Via Prättigau, the route leads up to Davos and then puts the icing on the cake with the final climb from Tiefencastel to the Roland Arena in Lantsch/Lenz. “With this mountain finish, we want to offer a spectacle for visitors lining the route and we hope for an exciting finale in the battle for overall victory,” says Caroline Jost, project manager of the Tour de Suisse Women. Benedikt Zumsteg, CEO of the Roland Arena, is also thrilled: “What an honour for us! To be the finish of the Queen stage makes up extremely proud. We have the perfect infrastructure for events like this and with our event expertise we can ideally support the Organiser”. In 2025 the first Biathlon World Championships in Switzerland will also be held at the venue.
Locarno – another Start location in Ticino
In the men’s race, the Graubünden region is only traversed. Ticino, on the other hand, boasts three stage locations with the addition of Locarno. Locarno joins Ambri and Novazzano to become part of the route. Starting on Friday 17th June 2022 on the shores of Lake Maggiore, the 6th Stage heads into the Valais. David Loosli, Sports Director of the Tour de Suisse, says: “All riders with ambitions for the General Classification should be on their toes during this stage”.
Locarno overlooks Lake Maggiore but is surrounded by mountains and offers a picturesque, undiscovered old town with its palaces, churches and Viscont Castle. The pulsating heart of Locarno is the Piazza Grande, where most of the big events take place. Full of anticipation, the mayor of Locarno, Alain Scherrer, looks forward to this Friday in June: “We are delighted to once again host a stage of the Tour de Suisse after 2017. At a time when the population is returning to a certain normality after two years marked by the pandemic, the Tour de Suisse will certainly arouse great passions and emotions in Locarno”.
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