Due to a lack of formal transit permission in Andermatt, the 7th stage of the Tour de Suisse cannot start in Visp on Saturday 18th June 2022 as originally planned.
Decision not to start in Visp
The route of the 2022 Tour de Suisse has benn modified and as a result there will not be a start in Visp (VS). “Unfortunately, we did not receive transit permission in Andermatt – which is central for stage 7 – due to the rescheduling of an event postponed by COVID-19,” says David Loosli, Sports Director of the Tour de Suisse. The Organising Committee in Visp is not to blame for this issue. It is neither responsible for the approval process nor for the route layout. Nevertheless, it is the OC in Visp, on behalf of the entire region, that is sorely affected by this modification. The disappointment is therefore not only felt in Valais. Tour Director Olivier Senn says: “The abandonment of the start in Visp pains us very much! We know that a lot of time, care and effort has already been put into the preparations by the OC Visp”.
Valais will still be part of this year’s Tour de Suisse. On Friday 17th June 2022 the 6th stage heads from Ticino up to the Moosalp. “The final climb up the Moosalp will certainly be a tough test for all cyclists and promises to be a real highlight,” says David Loosli.
New start location in Ambri
Ambri (TI) steps into the breach for Visp to become start location of the 7th stage on Saturday 18th June 2022. This means Ambri will see the start of two stages of this year’s Tour. The 5th stage to Novazzano already starts in Leventina. “The local Organising Committee immediately agreed to take on a second stage start within 48 hours. Our goal of celebrating a festival within the cycling festival is further strengthened by the additional event and we plan to organise an exciting supporting programme,” says a delighted Fabrizio Barudoni, Media Officer of the OC in Ambri. “We are fortunate to have secured a suitable alternative. From Ambri we can plan an attractive route to the finish in Malbun (LIE),” says David Loosli, designer of the route, with satisfaction.
The complete route of the Tour de Suisse, including all stages for men and women, will be announced in March.
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