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Tour de Suisse: 10 days until the start in Frauenfeld

With team time trials, monumental mountain passes, diverse lake regions, the rolling hills of Appenzell and Mediterranean flair, the Tour de Suisse 2018 is set to offer cycling enthusiasts everything they could wish for.

The 21 teams will first test their mettle in a team time trial on Saturday, 9 June over 18.3 kilometres to the north of Frauenfeld. The audience will have the chance to enjoy pure dynamism and elegance as the top cycling teams speed around the course on their aerodynamic racing machines. This will be followed on Sunday by a circuit race in the same area. The riders will cover the hilly course four times.

From Stefan Küng’s home region, the 82nd Tour de Suisse will then head anticlockwise towards Bellinzona. The Furka Pass and Ferdy Kübler’s favourite Klausen Pass will crown the queen stage on Wednesday. The closing weekend in Bellinzona (16–17 June) then awaits, with a circuit on Saturday and a final individual time trial on Sunday. It’s very possible that the overall winner will only be decided during the time trial on the last day of racing. 


Appealing range of riders

The field of riders for the 82nd Tour de Suisse is more crowded than it has ever been in recent years.
Swiss fans can cheer on Mathias Frank as a likely candidate for a podium place, while Stefan Küng – who wore the yellow jersey last year – and Silvan Dillier will also rate their chances.

Last year’s champion Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) will be facing competition from illustrious names such as Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Richie Porte (BMC), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Rui Costa (UAE Emirates), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL – Jumbo) and the Izagirre brothers (Bahrain-Merida).

TdS record holder Peter Sagan will also be facing the very best of the sprinters: André Greipel (Lotto Soudal), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-step Floors), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Emirates), Michael Matthew (Sunweb), Arnaud Demare (Groupama – FDJ) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) are all registered.


Para-cycling and Patrouille Suisse

A packed schedule is planned for the TdS starting weekend at the Frauenfeld hub. The team presentation on Friday evening will be complemented with spectacular stationary bike sprints.
On Saturday evening, the big TdS entertainment evening will take place in the marquee in Frauenfeld, where Linda Fäh and Wirbelwind will ensure that nobody will be sitting quietly. (Free entry).

National and international exhibitors will show their latest products as part of the Bike Expo at both the starting and closing weekends, while the Kids World will offer children the chance to test their skills on various cycling courses over the two days. Amateur cyclists will once again have the chance to compete in the popular TdS Challenge on sections of the original route. This year, para-cyclists will also deliver an exciting race as part of the UCI racing calendar.

Acrobazia, bici e castelli: Bellinzona will open the closing weekend with this spectacular ABC. Shortly after the start of the stage on Saturday, Patrouille Suisse will display their skills over the famous silhouette of Ticino’s capital.

The Tour de Suisse promises an incredible display of cycling and an unforgettable atmosphere throughout the country.

Further information: Ueli Anken, TdS Media Officer, +41 79 638 18 18, media@tds.ch

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