6th stage: Fiesch - Disentis-Sedrun*
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.
A new public transport hub was built in Fiesch. This once-in-a-century construction project combines a new railway station with a train and bus terminal and direct access to the gondolas up to Fiescheralp.
The public transport hub includes a completely new station for the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway (Fiesch station), and Aletsch Bahnen AG is incorporating the valley station of the new 10-seater gondola lift to Fiescheralp into the building. This is a new cable-car line and the mountain station is being adapted to include new garage facilities. A new bus terminal is being built next to the valley station in Fiesch, with a focus on safety, customer benefit and site development for third-party use. All facilities will be barrier-free (disabled-accessible).
Train, PostBus and cable car all in one place: genuine added value for all winter sports enthusiasts, hikers and touring guests in the Aletsch Arena.
Where the Rhine has its origin, guests and locals draw energy and relaxation from many sources. Near the Oberalp pass, where the highest lighthouse of the world marks the source of the Rhine symbolically, one finds the small, mystical Tomasee, which can be easily reached after a leisurely hike. Here, the Rhine has its source, and its water trickles as small brook into the depth, marking the beginning of a flowing connection between the Alps and the North Sea.
Apart from the Tomasee, numerous hiking and biking routes, summits and lookout points, SAC-cabins and two idyllic bathing lakes invite to excursions. For racing cyclists, there are unforgettable and demanding pass rounds across the Lukmanier or the Oberalp pass waiting - or the route through the spectacular Rhine ravine Ruinaulta to Chur.
In Disentis Sedrun and the upper Surselva, one still lives the regional Romansh tradition. Thus, guests are welcomed, depending on the time of day, with a "Bien di" or "Buna sera" - good day or good evening. The cultural and spiritual centre of the region is the more than 1400-year-old Benedictine cloister of Disentis, where around 20 monks live and work in this community to this day.
Did you know? The most famous speciality of Grisons measures only 4cm in the version of the confectioner Reto Schmid - nothing more than a "Fünfliber" (5 Swiss Francs coin). The 19-gram light "Bündner Mini Nusstörtli" from Sedrun, a traditional Grisons nut cake, is a delicacy.
Bien di and welcome to Disentis Sedrun
Top of Lukmanier pass
The entry to the Graubünden region is the first hotspot already to welcome the pro riders of the Tour de Suisse and figure out who will be capable of winning the mountain stage to Disentis Sedrun. The long and exhausting climb from Bellinzona to the top of the Lukmaniers, by the way a perfect starting point for hikes towards the Tessin region, will separate the best climbers from the peloton. At the southern end of lake Lai da Sontga Maria, cycling fans may follow the race in a most relaxed atmosphere and in an exhilarating scenery being accommodated in the Hospiz hotel on top of the pass. The Lukmanier was part of the Tour de Suisse for the first time in 1936 and is among the most popular passes of the race. It’s only the Gotthard pass that has been part of the race more often.
Crossing the Rhine at the campsite Fontanivas, it‘s time to switch over. As the highspeed descend from the Lukmanier comes to an end, the tunnels right after.
Mumpé Medel have asked for utmost concentration before the last kilometers of the stage will be uphill again. Once the Benedictine monastery comes into sight for the riders, the finale of the stage is on. Passing the city center of Disentis/Mustér, spectators and fans can once again experience the riders as close as it will get before they tackle the final 10 kilometers of the stage. Right after «Capuns-Weltmeistern» of the Alpsu restaurant, the peloton is led into the final climb.
For those who want to be live on site as the stage winner is crowned and awarded with the gold jersey, it must be the finish line in Sedrun. Apart from public screens to follow the stage, there will be a varied program for the stage finale including live music, hands-on activities and kids racing.