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Tour de Suisse 2024, June 9 - 16

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People might have forgotten that we have another World Tour race coming up. Sure, the startlist isn't as impressive as the Dauphiné, but we still get to see how the form is of some serious Tour de France contenders. This is also the first year with Flanders Classics on the board of the race, although I wouldn't expect too many changes. It starts with a prologue and ends with an Mountain ITT. The route is quite selective so the wheat will be separated from the chaff.

Startlist
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Complete list

The Route

Stage 1
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Stage 2

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Stage 3
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Stage 4

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Stage 5
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Stage 6
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Stage 7
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Stage 8

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RIP Gino Mader, soon it will be one year since his tragic death in Tour de Suisse.


View: https://twitter.com/BHRVictorious/status/1669653010148990976
 
This is a very hard route, suited for pure climbers, but the stage design will make it difficult to do long range attacks.

I see potential for some drama within UAE between Almeida and Del Toro which would ignite their 'enthusiastic' fanbases.
 
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Gall said so himself last week. He was on altitude, then took 10 days off at home, and next race will be the Tour de Suisse. Same plan which worked out perfectly last year.

https://pressreader.com/article/282196541079853
Came back from altitude, right now he's at home and tapering his training volume, so he's supposed to ride TdS, then another short altitude block before the Tour.
 
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I'm curious how the non stop mountain stages will be raced, but I honestly find the route a little sh*t. The mountain stages really aren't designed well and the MTT on stage 8 seems like a horrible idea.

Oh well, if Gall wins I'll call it the best race design in cycling history.
Kinda pissed that I didn't take this week off at work. If I did I could be meeting Gall on my training rides.
 
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I'm curious how the non stop mountain stages will be raced, but I honestly find the route a little sh*t. The mountain stages really aren't designed well and the MTT on stage 8 seems like a horrible idea.

Oh well, if Gall wins I'll call it the best race design in cycling history.
I'll never, ever, EVER call a route *** when you have exactly 0 sprint stages during 8 days of racing.

Magnificent route! Perfect! God bless Switzerland