Richard Carapaz emerged as the winner last year after a South American street fight with Rigoberto Uran.
The Ecuadorean had established himself on his throne on the fifth day after house drivers Stefan Kung, Stefan Bisiger and Matthew van der Poel (2x) split the first crumbs amongst themselves.
Thanks to his time on trial, Rigoberto Uran was still a solid opponent, but the overall victory was for leader Ineos Grenadier, who later became third in the Tour de France.
If you are organizing an eight-day hike in Switzerland, it is best to bring your mountain shoes. This edition is devoted almost entirely to the Swiss hills and mountains.
Powerful bears with a powerful final shot can enjoy themselves in the first half of this round in Switzerland, although the daily serrated knife offers absolutely no guarantee of a potential fast enemy, so a wide variety of scenarios are possible.
Accumulating bumps from stage 1 to stage 5, we’re kicking off Friday with the first main dish on this list.
It’s spot on today’s heavy dish: the Nufenen Pass warms up legs on the Queen stage, and we finish at 2,046m at Moosalp after more than 17km of climbing.
The penultimate day also includes a difficult mountain stage. Then hats off to Malbun, where the finish is drawn after the final climb of just under 15 kilometres.
On Sunday, June 19, the classification will be determined after a relatively moderate time trial of 25.6 km.
In Dauphiné, Primoz Roglic leads a group of Tour clients, and Tadej Pogacar heads to Copenhagen via the Tour of Slovenia.
Nevertheless, the Tour de Suisse has amassed an impressive field of participants. For example, Ineos Grenadiers audition for the trident of Adam Yates, Danny Martinez, and Geraint Thomas. They were also joined by Tom Bidcock.
Other leaders such as Alexander Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alexig Lutsenko (Astana, Kazakhstan), Ion Izagiri (Cofidis), Thibut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Jacob Vogelsang are challenged by Giro pioneers such as Thymen Arensman (DSM) and Domenico Pozzov (DSM). DSM (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert).
The Tour of Switzerland is also another test case for Remco Evenepoel. The Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl leader after Tirreno-Adriatico (ranked 11) and the Basque Country Tour (4) in his third exam at this year’s WorldTour. At the time of trial, he has to compete, among others, Stefan Kong (Groupama-FDJ) and Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma).
The many hill stages (and potential sprints) will also be enjoyed by, among others, Gino Mader (Victor Bahrain), Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R-Citroën), Sergio Higuita and Maximilian Schachmann (Bora Hansruhe), Alexander Christoph (Intermarchy-Wanty- Gobert), Philip Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange), Soren Craig Andersen (DSM), Mark Hershey (UAE), and Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies).
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