4th stage: St. Urban - Moudon
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.
Welcome to the beautiful Mittelland. Nestled in the border area between Central Switzerland and Bern/Aarau are Pfaffnau and St. Urban, which together form one municipality. Close to the motorway exit Reiden you reach our village within 10 minutes by car.
Its rural character, central location and well-developed infrastructure are some of the many advantages that speak for the attractiveness of the Rottal municipality in the middle of the three cantons of Lucerne, Bern and Aargau. The stage finish in St. Urban also takes on a special character with the fairytale-like monastery in the middle of the town.
The municipality, with its two districts of Pfaffnau and St. Urban, has a population of around 2,600.
Moudon is a historic city that enjoys a very beautiful location in the heart of the countryside, halfway between the Jorat plateau and the Broye valley. It is centrally located in the canton of Vaud near major motorways.
The excellent quality of life is particularly appreciated by the 6’000 residents of Moudon, which is today experiencing significant urban development due to its rapidly increasing population.
Former capital of the Vaud region, the city of Moudon can be proud of its rich architectural heritage. With some of the best-preserved examples of civil medieval buildings in the canton, the upper city is listed as a national treasure. As of 2017, Moudon has been officially recognized as one of “The most beautiful Villages in Switzerland”.
Museums, various crafts markets, its many associations and a rich and varied cultural program keep the city lively throughout the year.
Our region offers numerous possibilities for wanderers – roam it on foot, on horse and on a bike. Galleries, castles, museums, animal parks, various livestock farms, swin-golf and craftsmen's workshops are waiting for you to tell their stories.
The peloton will arrive on Wednesday 10th June on the route de Berne from Lucens to make a first passage through Moudon before going up the challenging climb to Sottens, where a 3rd category Grand Prix will be held in the mountains and the summit is at Peney-le-Jorat. Afterwards the peloton descends through Corcelles-le-Jorat to finish the race in a second passage in front of Moudon trainstation.
The spectators will therefore have several places to admire the riders in action:
- First of all, the Avenue de la Gare with its Tour de Suisse village is an ideal place to admire the riders in their first passage and to watch the final sprint.
- The location in the city in front of the Billens Castle allows you to experience the riders' passage twice at high speed.
- The trail of Râpe, which is along the route de Berne, will also give you a nice overview of the race.
- The next day, the start will take place in front of the St. Stephan's church, the biggest parish church of the canton. The cyclists will then cycle via Curtilles and Romont into the Valais.