8th stage: Andermatt - Andermatt
The Tour de Suisse 2020 culminates in a brilliant Queen's Stage. The demanding alpine circuit passes over the triple peaks of Furka-Grimsel-Susten. The crowning final climb in 2020 to the finish heads through the legendary Schöllenen Gorge to Andermatt. With four KOMs up for grabs and scarcely any flat sections, the stage reaches a total ascent of 3,600 metres in altitude. It is safe to assume that the Tour de Suisse 2020 will remain exciting and open until the last day.
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.