8th stage: Time-Trial Goms - Goms
The 2019 closing weekend will take place at the finishing hub in Goms. The time trial course leads out of the valley from Ulrichen on a stretch of road tarred especially for the tour.
Coming between two tough stages in the Alps, Saturday is actually two races in one: time trial specialists get a second grab at a stage win after the start in Langnau, while the general classification riders will have a last opportunity to make corrections before the queen stage the next day.
The fast course offers spectators a spectacular racing atmosphere and a great sporting festival for all ages.
Traditional and authentic – your mountain village
Good day, dear guest. It’s me, your mountain village. I am all authenticity. I’ve been thriving for generations. Shaped by those who dwell here. I am formed out of history and tales. I am carved in ancient wood. I am built from bare rock by pure manual labour. Every inch bears witness to my boundless wilderness. Testimony of a time when man and nature were one. However, I am not a museum. I do not have opening or closing times. I do not offer shows or attractions. There is only you and me. Take some time to discover me and my history.
Thanks to the unique landscape at the foot of the alpine passes Grimsel, Furka and Nufenen, the sunny high valley in Valais is an exquisite holiday destination. Hospitality is our tradition – not only because the king of the hotel business, Caesar Ritz, grew up in a local village.
Goms – from Niederwald to Gletsch at the foot of the Rhone Glacier – is a wide valley surrounded by sublime mountain ranges. The Goms villages offer precious cultural jewels. Culture lovers’ hearts beat faster upon the beautiful baroque churches and chapels with slender white steeples as well as quaint suntanned cottages and barns in the traditional Valais style.
In summer- and wintertime, the pristine countryside is our greatest treasure. You cannot get any closer to nature than by being in this region, by walking, hiking, biking, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoe walking or going for winter hikes or ski tours in areas between 1200 and 4000 m above sea level.
Want to explore Goms by bike? Racing, road or mountain bike – anything is possible! Boundless alpine passes, single trails, smooth forest paths, lake shores, gravel roads… in Goms, you will find anything you can conquer by bike.
At the start and finish area in Ulrichen you can witness the entire race via live transmission. On Saturday, the easy ascent in Oberwald (Unterwassern, Dorfstrasse) offers a great opportunity to cheer on the racing cyclists. At the village of Geschinen, the spectators will find a fast and exciting descent. Another interesting point of view will be the turning point near the railway station, where the time trial cyclists will have to master a curve of more than 180 degrees. On Sunday we recommend you to watch the rides onto the passes. At the Hotel Belvédère on the Furka Pass you will have a great view over the race track. Afterwards, a trip to the Grimsel Pass would surely be worthwhile. The winner of the Tour de Suisse 2019 will probably be determined while you’re getting up the mountain pass.