Where: Switzerland
When: June 9-17 2018
Rank: UCI WorldTour

Along with the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de Suisse is one of the key preparation events for riders taking part in the Tour de France, in addition to being a prestigious race in its own right. In 2018, it takes place between June 9-17.

The race traditionally features a mixture of time trials, relatively flat stages for the sprinters and high mountains. In the past, the weather has also played a part in the event, with the high mountain passes often affected by poor conditions and snowfall.

The 2017 edition was comfortably won by  Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin), finishing 48 seconds ahead of  Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team), with Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNl-Jumbo) third at 1-08.

It was Spilak’s second win of the Tour – he also claimed first place overall in 2015.

Tour de Suisse 2017 route map

Tour de Suisse 2017 General Classification

1 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin, in 28-37-11
2 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team, at 48s
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo, at 1-08
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale, at 2-37
5 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates, at 3-09
6 Ion Izagirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida, at 3-51
7 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale, at 4-00
8 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team, at 4-14
9 Mikel Nieve (Esp) Team Sky, at 4-47
10 Pello Bilbao (Esp) Astana Pro Team, at 5-30

Tour de Suisse 2017 stages

Stage one, Saturday June 10, Cham to Cham, 6km Prologue ITT
Stage two, Sunday June 11, Cham to Cham, 172.7km
Stage three, Monday June 12, Menziken to Bern, 159.3km
Stage four, Tuesday June 13, Bern to Villars-sur-Ollon, 143.2km
Stage five, Wednesday June 14, Bex to Cevio, 222km
Stage six, Thursday June 15, Locarno to La Punt, 166.7km
Stage seven, Friday June 16, Zernez to Solden, 166.3km
Stage eight, Saturday June 17, Schaffhausen to Schaffhausen, 100km
Stage nine, Sunday June 18, Schaffhausen to Schaffhausen, 28.6km

Tour de Suisse: Recent winners

2017 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin
2016 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana
2015 Simon Spilak (Katusha)
2014 Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)
2013 Rui Costa (Movistar)
2012 Rui Costa (Movistar)
2011 Levi Leiphemier (RadioShack)
2010 Frank Schlack (Saxo Bank)
2009 Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)
2008 Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas)
2007 Vladimir Karpets (Caisse D’Epargne)

Key info: Start list | TV guide

Key riders: Greg van Avermaet | Tom Dumoulin | Peter SaganSteven Kruijswijk

Eurosport will be showing live coverage of two stages of the 2017 Tour de Suisse (June 10-18), with other stages covered by highlights