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Re: 83rd Tour de Suisse, June 15th-23rd 2019
« on: June 18, 2019, 08:17 »
in the end it was a nice finish, but not that exciting, and with the predicted winner #bora Peter Sagan - taking a victory in the Tour de Suisse for the 9th year in a row

Stage 4:  Murten  ›  Arlesheim   (163.9k)
At 163.9 kilometres, the 4th stage of the Tour de Suisse travels from Murten to Arlesheim. Following a predominantly flat first part, the route serves a hilly second half. A 3.4 kilometres ascent at 9.4% is crested with 14 kilometres out.
The route is mostly played out on nearly flat roads until the Passwang appears around the halfway mark. The 11 kilometres climb is marked by gradients of 4 to 5%. After the descent the route continues to go up at even shallower gradients to enter the finish loop around Arlesheim, a place just south of Basel. The punchy Hochwald climb – 3.4 kilometres at 9.4% – is crested twice, the last time with 14 kilometres remaining. A short uphill kick at the end of the downhill leads to a flat run-in to the line.

The 4th stage of the Tour de Suisse features an altitude gain of 1,980 metres, virtually all in the second half of the race.

today's stage could be more like day #2 again, with attackers/escapees having a chance, but also a reduced bunch sprint is a possibility. Last time they used this finish (in 2006) Nick Nuyens won from a late breakaway that went clear on the Eichenberg/Hochwald climb

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