The Tour de Suisse 2020 Route
The Tour showcases great cycling throughout all language regions of Switzerland this coming summer. The riders of the 23 teams start on Sunday 6 June in Frauenfeld (TG) for the 84th edition of the Tour de Suisse. The Tour heads in a counterclockwise direction toward the Lake Zurich region, across the central plateau to Vaud, into Valais and to the crowning finale in the heart of the Alps. This year again, the Tour de Suisse will provide additional loops on a number of finishes to maximise the excitement for spectators on the roadside and watching on TV.
Hobby cyclists can participate in the Tour de Suisse Challenge. This popular every man's race on the original Tour de Suisse route has a fresh look for the year 2020. In the new format, hobby cyclists slip into the skin of a professional for a week, tired legs included. All stages will now be completed on the original route. The start will take place in the morning before the professionals. Cyclists will ride in groups led by professional TdS Challenge Road Coaches, such as former Swiss professional Marcel Wyss. Registration for a limited starting place for the TdS Challenge 2020 can be made here.
On both race weekends, other attractions in the Tour de Suisse Village such as TdS Kids-World, TdS Bike-Expo and culinary offerings will ensure an unforgettable cycling experience.
It is already possible to test ride selected original routes of the upcoming Tour de Suisse at home via ROUVY and your roller trainer and compete against other athletes.
Saturday, 6 June 2020, Team presentation in Frauenfeld (TG)
The organisers 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 get to see the cycling pros up close.
Cycling for young and old can be experienced with the Charity-Ride and the Family-Ride (slow-up), the latter to be held on a closed track.
Sunday, 7 June 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 north of Frauenfeld promises to be a fast race against the clock. The time trial specialists will be fighting for every second from the first metre on.
Will Stefan Küng be able to exploit his home advantage and claim 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 set in a spectacular location. The world's cycling elite will have the Rhine Falls - Europe' s largest waterfall - directly in front of them as they head off on a steep incline.
From the northernmost tip of the country the route then heads via Schaffhausen, to Steckborn on Lake Constance and Weinfelden.
By the time riders reach the Tösstal region, the stage shows its undulating aspect, including two KOM categories in Ghöch and on the Oberricken.
Via Gommiswald and Reichenburg the riders approach the Obersee and the stage arrival in Lachen. The approach is not direct but over a hilly course including two KOMs.
The second stage will be dominated by tactical play, courageous attacks and the chance of grabbing the leader's jersey.
Tuesday, June 9, 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 route.
The start will be at the Upper Zurich Lake. The route leads along Lake Aegeri over Sattel to Arth-Goldau and Lake Zug. From there it heads over the Baldeggersee and Halwilersee to Zofingen.
The field will complete an additional loop before arriving in Pfaffnau.
Due to the hilly terrain, the third stage has a spring classic character, which should result in an exciting race - both 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 cyclists will start in front of the baroque 18th century St. Urban monastery in western Switzerland.
The 4th stage heads via Langenthal in the direction of Seeland across the central plateau.
After passing through the medieval old town and across the old wooden bridge of Aarberg, the route continues to the northern shore of Lake Murten, famous for the wine of Mont Vully.
Finally, from Estavayer-le-Lac the tour finds itself in the French-speaking part of the country.
Thanks to a finish loop, spectators in Moudon will also get to see the field of riders pass by twice.
Organisers expect a fast and fiercely contested race up to the finish line in Moudon. This stage offers the sprinters a last chance to shine. A fast race is the order of the day.
Thursday, June 11, 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 peloton climbs the Col des Mosses via Bulle from the Gruyère side, as it did three years ago on the stage to Villars-Sur-Ollon.
After a rapid descent, stage 5 passes the headquarters of the International Cycling Federation (UCI) in Aigle. Up the Rhone valley, towards Martigny and Sion, the route provides a preview of the World Road Championships taking place in this region in autumn.
Unlike two years ago, this year's tour will take a new, less familiar route to Leukerbad. The demanding ascent traverses an impressive number of hairpin bends to Bratsch and Albinen and on to Leukerbad.
This new climb is guaranteed to shake up the overall classification and cause some surprises.
Friday, 12 June 2020, 6th stage: Fiesch (VS) - Sedrun (GR) [162km, 3724hm].
Now the alpine challenges follow one after the other.
The route from Fiesch in Valais to Ticino, the Nufenen Pass, is the highest road pass in Switzerland.
From Airolo the tour descends the Leventina Valley to Biasca. From there it continues over the second busiest alpine pass of the Tour de Suisse - the Lukmanier Pass - into Graubünden.
In Disentis, the race convoy turns left into the final ascent (9km) to Sedrun where spectators await the riders for the second mountain top finish.
Saturday, 13 June 2020, 7th stage: Individual time trial Disentis-Sedrun (GR) - Andermatt (UR) [23km, 656hm]
The final weekend will take place in 2020 at the destination hub Disentis/Sedrun - Andermatt.
The mountain time trial on Saturday from Disentis over the Oberalp Pass to Andermatt symbolically connects the two cantons of Graubünden and Uri, which are closely linked in the region.
It will be exciting to see whether the pure time trial specialists will be able to prevail, or whether glory will go to a climber or even an all-rounder.
For GC contenders it is the last chance to improve before the Queen's Stage on Sunday.
The breathtaking track over the pass with the lighthouse as a backdrop provides a thrilling racing atmosphere for spectators lining the roads as well as those viewing on their screens.
Sunday, 14 June 2020, 8th stage: Queen's Stage Circuit Andermatt (UR) [118km, 3608hm]
The Tour de Suisse 2020 culminates in a brilliant Queen's Stage. The demanding alpine circuit passes over the triple peaks of Furka-Grimsel-Susten. The crowning final climb in 2020 to the finish heads through the legendary Schöllenen Gorge to Andermatt.
With four KOMs up for grabs and scarcely any flat sections, the stage reaches a total ascent of 3,600 metres in altitude.
It is safe to assume that the Tour de Suisse 2020 will remain exciting and open until the last day.
Total: 1'064km and 18'821 metres in altitude.
Details of the eight stages can be found here.
Information on the Corona Virus Situation:
Currently there are no indications that the Tour de Suisse will not be held in June. We are, however, working on appropriate scenarios in order to be best prepared for any possible developments.
Further information: Ueli Anken, Media Services TdS, +41 79 638 18 18, email@example.com