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The 85th edition of the Tour de Suisse, June 12-19, 2022, begins in the Jura and central Switzerland in the first half of the race, and then crosses Ticino and Valais regions for the grand finale in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, a 26km race against the clock on stage 8.
The race begins with a circuit on the shore of Lake Zurich in Küsnacht on Sunday, June 12. There are four laps for a total of 178km, which begins towards Greifensee, the Zurich Oberland and over the Pfannenstil then back to Küsnacht. Berg are category 3 and combine for six KOMs. There is a total of 2,810 meters of elevation gain on the opening day.
Stage 2 heads north and south west for 199km to Aesch with a similar amount of climbing from the day before, 2,806 meters .. The route goes over the Zurich Challpass.
The first of the trio of KOMs is Gempen (5.4km at 4.6%), with 71.8km to go, followed 30km later by Eichenberg (3km at 7.4%), and then Challpass (6.3km at 6.3%). From the crest of Challpass there is less than 15km to the finish, set among the many castles and fortresses in Aesch.
It’s a rollercoaster ride on Stage 3 with 177km in the Jura region, starting in Aesch and going south to Grenchen. There are four categories of elevation grinds that total 3,143 meters of elevation gain. The first categorized climb is the cat 1 Cote au Bouvier, 5.5km at 8.3% gradient, takes the peloton into the far north-west corner of the Jura. Then 16km later it is onto the climb of Bellelay (7.4km at 4.7%). The final pair of climbs are less menacing – Vauffelin (2km at 6.3%) and Lommiswil (1.7km at 4.8%) – and provide launchpads for final attacks in those 38km.
The fourth day is the flattest of the road stages, only 1,938 meters of climbing, and begins from near the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen. The 191km course crosses the Cantons of Solothurn, Bern, Lucerne and Schwyz, and has a lap in the Mythen region, located between Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. The first KOM hits 27.9km from Gremchen at Kappelen (3.4km at 5.5%) and sets up the rolling terrain across the next 140km or so. The category 2 Sattel (3km at 8.5%) Provides a launch pad for the day’s conclusion, just 15km from the summit to the finish line in Brunnen on Lake Lucerne.
Stage 5 begins atop Ambri and opens with a descent valley to the south that continues for 193 kilometers to Novazzano, taking in 2,950 meters of climbing, most of that in the second half of the route. The first attacks are considered on the ascent to Monte Ceneri, a category 2 climb of 5.2km and 6% gradient that awaits 60km into the stage.
Then a flat 80km. The cat 3 climb of Pedrinata is the main obstacle on the circuits, as it kicks up with 8.2% average gradient on the 2.4km slopes. The finish is a steep uphill in Vazzi Indipendenza to the final 400 meters on Via Marcetto.
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The mountains loom larger on stage 6, with the most elevation gain of the week, 4,208 meters. After the start in Locarno, the route traveled north through the Leventina and the Val Bedretto.
The highest road pass in Switzerland at 2,478 meters. The climb is 21.6 kilometers in length and provides an average of 5% gradient. The ship descent through the Upper Valais sets up the mountaintop finish to Moosalp, another long rise of 18km with a gradient of 8%.
Saturday’s stage makes it a doubleheader of big mountains, this one taking the peloton across 196 kilometers with 3,190 meters of elevation gain from Ambri to the ski resort in Malbun, Liechtenstein.
The first of four categorized climbs is the Lukmanier Pass, the 18km climb with 5.5% average gradient starting just 53.7km into the stage. It takes 18km to crest the monster, then a lumpy descent leads to the cat 3 Flims climb (5.2km at 6.2%). 45km later is the 3km climb of St. Luzistig (7%) provides a launchpad for the HC mountaintop finish at Malbun, 12.8km at 8.4%.
The final day is a 25.6km time trial on a flat terrain in the capital of Liechtenstein. There are only 140 meters of elevation gain on a loop course that follows the section of the Rhine River.