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Re: 83rd Tour de Suisse, June 15th-23rd 2019
« on: June 19, 2019, 08:02 »
in the end, the sprint wasn't even a "reduced" one really. #bora Bora had to set the pace all day for #yellow Peter Sagan, and with a relatively weak climbing team, this resulted in a low enough speed on the climbs for the sprinters to hang on.

I amagine #astana Astana may have had ideas to give it a go again, but after Fraile and Zeits crashed, they probably abandoned their plans.

...or postponed it until today ;)

Stage 5:  Münchenstein  ›  Einsiedeln   (177k)
The 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse offers the fast men a last chance to shine. At 177 kilometres, the route runs from Münchenstein to Einsiedeln and the last 35 kilometres are played out on the flat.

Yes, stage 5 is an opportunity for sprinters, yet the route is far from flat. The race features 2,750 vertical metres. But since virtually all of this is included in the first 144 kilometres a bunch sprint is still the most likely outcome.

On rolling to hilly roads the route cuts straight across the Swiss Plateau until a 10 kilometres climb at shallow gradients takes the riders to Sattel, where the caravan arrives at kilometre 143. The first passage on the finish line is at kilometre 153 before the riders complete a loop around Lake Sihl. The finish is near Einsiedeln Abbey, a Benedictine monastery that dates back to the year 934.

The challenging start of the race looks good for a strong breakaway to form though.

The finish itself is another uphill one on cobbles, 500m at ~5% average
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