5th stage: Moudon - Leukerbad
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.
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.
Thermal bathing in Leukerbad has a long tradition, which goes from retreat until the actual thermal bathing experience. The thermal water of Leukerbad is something very special. Sport and wellness lovers like hot springs, as the natural warmth relaxes thoughts and muscles and improves blood circulation.
The cyclists love Leukerbad in particular for the last leg from Varen to Leukerbad via the old Varen’s route, with the goal of a relaxing thermal bath. On the route from Varen to Leukerbad, 650 meters of altitude difference, 12 km long route is ready to overcome. Leukerbad doesn’t only make hearts of bicycle racers beat faster, but also offers mountain bikers and hikers varied trails in an alpine mountain environment. The two “mountains of adventure”, the lovely Torrent, the mountain in the heart of Valais, and the wild Gemmi, with its historic pass between Valais and Bernese Oberland, offers over 200 km of hiking trails and 20 bike routes, including the popular Torrenttrail.
The end of the 5th stage will take place in the district of Leuk. So that spectators can follow the race as closely as possible, the peloton will pass through ten of the twelve villages of the district. In the wine village Varen, you can support the cyclists while tasting a good glass of valais wine. The peloton will then ride through the historic town of Leuk, then through Susten and Agarn, before turning into the airfield of Turtmann. The short but hard climb along the serpentine road from Niedergampel to Bratsch will also be a highlight. Maybe there will be the victory decided. You’ll be right in the middle of the action with a foretaste of “Alpe d'Huez”. The peloton will then pass through the typical valais villages of Erschmatt, Guttet-Feschel and Albinen, with their rustic, sun-browned wooden chalets. On the final stretch in Leukerbad, you’ll live the end of the race as close as possible. And if the tension is too intense, you can relax before or after the race in the rejuvenating thermal water.