7th stage: Time-Trial Disentis-Sedrun * - Andermatt
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.
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
The Tour de Suisse as close as possible. There is no better way to experience the racing atmosphere than before an individual time trial. The pros warm up in front of the team busses that can be found in the entire city. A perfect chance to grasp some pastry and a coffee and stroll from one team to the other. The infrastructure of the most successful teams of the world is impressive and you will certainly have the opportunity to get a signature.
The riders will start every one minute towards the Oberalp pass. In order to not miss a single rider, a perfect spot is right by the starting ramp. You will be able to follow the riders with intermediate standings thanks to huge screens. And it goes without saying that you will be up-to-date with regard to the European Championship match of Switzerland vs. Wales.
Mountain top of the Oberalp pass
The Tour de Suisse has crossed the pass 14 times already, a pass at 2044 meters above sea level connecting Graubünden and Uri. It’s the first time in the history of the race however that an individual time trial will pass by the highest located lighthouse in the world. Both the mountain top and the hairpin turns leading there will allow for exhilarating views on the pros that will have to give their all to have a chance to win a stage or even the overall classification.
The advantage for the spectators is perfectly obvious: as opposed to the riders of the Tour de Suisse, they reach the top of the pass most comfortably with the Matterhorn Gotthard railway. Via the glacier express with the Oberalp being the highest point of the legendary route from St. Moritz to Zermatt, the mountain top can be reached at all times during the time trial event.
Wouldn’t it be a perfect day to first see the riders warm up in Sedrun, watch them as you pass them with the Matterhorn Gotthard railway and in the end cheer for the best among them in the overall classification at Oberalp?
Andermatt Holiday Region comprises six municipalities: Andermatt, Hospental, Realp, Göschenen, Wassen and Gurtnellen. Andermatt lies in the Ursern Valley at 1,444 metres above sea level and its population counts approximately the same. Mobility around the Gotthard Massif can be demonstrated excellently by the history of the Ursern Valley: The central location in the midst of Alpine passes has been well known and actively used since Roman times. Historically, north-south travel has always best managed via the Gotthard, with only one mountain pass to cross.
Andermatt Holiday Region is just the right place for those who want to reach new heights on two wheels. The eight surrounding alpine passes and a wide range of bike trails allow you to get the most out of your road bike, mountain bike or e-bike.
Andermatt is an attractive destination for every age group and has been a focal point throughout the ages, whether due to trade, its strategic location or its touristic offering. In summer, the Alpine passes beckon with extraordinary views and hikes, and in winter the snow-blanketed valley glitters and sparkles like mountain crystal. Ski slopes for every level as well as cross-country ski trails and snowshoe trails are only a bit of what the region has to offer.
For two days, Andermatt will take centre stage for the Tour de Suisse. The focus will be on the start and finish zone near the Gemsstock lift, at the exit from Andermatt village toward Hospental. The racers and team officials will be staying in the holiday apartments in the new village quarter “Andermatt Reuss” and in the new Radisson Blu Reussen hotel. You’re certain to run into a cycling pro or two in the Piazza Gottardo, where they’ll be warming up for the two Andermatt stages.
Who hasn't heard the legend of the Schöllenen Gorge beneath the famous Devil’s Bridge? The Tour de Suisse squad will pass through just a few metres from the historic stone bridge. The winding road from Göschenen to Andermatt features a big added attraction since last summer: The new cycling route has no crossroads and can now be traversed from end to end (hikers are also allowed to use it).
The Furka Pass (2,429 metres above sea level) links Urseren in the canton of Uri with the Goms district in the canton of Valais. The countless tight hairpin turns on the narrow road offer a variety of top spots for experiencing the Tour de Suisse up close. The locations near the Tiefenbach and Belvédère hotels are ideal, and ample parking is available. At the latter location, it’s worth taking a detour to visit the world-famous Rhône Glacier grotto.
Long before the cycling pros on the Tour de Suisse came along, motorsport racers were fans of the scenic route through the Grimsel Pass. Back in 1914, the Automobile Club of Switzerland (ACS) organised its first own alpine rally. The rally is a motorsport competition that is held over several stages on public highways, dirt tracks and other back roads. Today, the Grimsel Pass is a popular destination for cyclists from Switzerland and neighbouring countries. For cycling fans, there are countless beautiful spots for following the race. At the Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe, there is a gorgeous mountain lake and ample parking.
Just like the Grimsel Pass road, the Susten Pass road is a popular destination for racing cyclists. Here, in a beautiful high-alpine environment, cycling fans can follow the impressive performances of the international cycling pros at a variety of spots. The partly frightening, but skillful descents towards Wassen make every cyclist's heart beat faster.
The old Gotthard Railway route made “s’Chileli vo Wassen” famous, since passengers get to see the church three times thanks to the train’s spectacular track route with its loop tunnels, which were quite ingenious for that time. The village centre still stands testament to olden days with decorative houses and a lovely village fountain. Taking place here every fall is one of Switzerland’s largest festivals celebrating the descent of cattle from their mountain pastures for the winter. This location offers viewers of the Tour de Suisse a particularly exciting spectacle. At the end of the long descent from Susten Pass to Wassen, a tight righthand curve in the village takes riders onto the world-famous Gotthard road toward Göschenen and Andermatt.