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2018 Tour de Suisse

The 2018 edition of the Tour de Suisse takes place between June 9th and June 17th. The UCI World Tour professional road cycling race will begin in Frauenfeld with a team time-trial stage, and end in Bellinzona with an individual time-trial stage. The nine-stage race features a nice mix of time-trials, flat stages and mountains.

Held just before the Tour de France, along with the Critérium du Dauphine, the Tour de Suisse is seen as the perfect last minute preparation for those looking to test their form for the iconic race.

The 2017 version was comfortably won by Simon Spilak (Team Katusha-Alpecin), finishing ahead of Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing), with Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) third.

2018 route profile:

The route profile provides a variety that will interest both climbers and sprinters. Of the nine stages, stages five, six and seven and particularly noteworthy: two have summit finishes in the mountains and one finishes with a tough climb of over 3000 metres.

The route begins with a 18 km team time-trial on rolling hills, before stage two continues with a hilly circuit. The third and fourth stages are also hilly throughout, with stage four featuring a 2180 metre climb.

Stage five sees the start of the mountains as the route includes a number of intermediate climbs up Col du Pillon and to the ski resort (Crans)-Montana, before a summit finish in Leukerbad. The sixth stage is packed full of punchy climbs. Notably, the climbs at the Furka Pass, the Klausen Pass and the finale in Gommiswald.

Any climber going for the General Classification win should now be on red alert as stage seven is the last of the mountain stages. The stage gets tougher as it goes on and finishes with a 29 km climb to Arosa.

The race finishes with two stages in Bellinzona. Firstly, a circuit stage eight which consists of six laps of a fairly flat route. And lastly, the Tour de Suisse finishes with an individual time trial of 34 km.

Stages:

Stage 1: Frauenfeld - Frauenfeld, 18km, team time-trial

Stage 2: Frauenfeld - Frauenfeld, 155km, circuit

Stage 3: Oberstammheim - Gansingen, 182km, classics

Stage 4: Gansingen - Gstaad, 189km, moderate

Stage 5: Gstaad - Leukerbad, 155km, mountain finish

Stage 6: Fiesch - Gommiswald, 186km, mountains

Stage 7: Eschenbach/Atzmannig - Arosa, 170km, mountain finish

Stage 8: Bellinzona - Bellinzona, 123km, circuit

Stage 9: Bellinzona - Bellinzona, 34km, individual time-trial

The 2018 favourites

Since the start of the Tour de Suisse in 1933, unsurprisingly the race has been dominated by Swiss riders. However, in recent years the race has appealed to the wider professional cycling circuit and some big names are expected to be in the peloton this year.

Alongside the reigning champion, Spilak, the riders expected on the start line who will fancy glory are Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale), Peter Sagan (BORA - hansgrohe), Steven Kruikswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo), Rigoberto Uran (Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain - Merida) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal).