The Tour de Suisse returns for 2021 after missing a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The eight-day stage race takes place between June 6-13, finishing just 13 days ahead of the Tour. As usual, the race is a mixture of punchy stages, huge climbing stages, and time trials, with two individual races against the clock featuring in this year's route.
The Tour de Suisse start list is as star-studded as ever, though is missing many of the Tour de France overall contenders who have either opted to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné instead, or not race either in their build-up.
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) should start and is one of those that will hope for a high GC placing at the Tour. He'll be supported by a strong team that includes Rohan Dennis, Pavel Sivakov, and Luke Rowe.
Other overall hopefuls starting in Switzerland include Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange), Wout Poels (Bahrain-Victorious), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech), and Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe).
World champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) is one of the stars of the start list, and the Frenchman may hope for a good overall result ahead of the Tour where it's unclear if he'll ride for GC or not.
Elsewhere Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) makes a return to road racing after their MTB exploits over the past month, while Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) will start his first race since taking an indefinite leave from the sport in January. Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) was also meant to return to road racing at the Tour de Suisse, but will now miss the race after breaking his collarbone in a training crash.
Tour de Suisse 2021 start list
Ag2r Citroën Team
DE BOD Stefon
EF Education First-Nippo
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
HODEG Álvaro José
UAE Team Emirates
DE LA CRUZ David
MOLANO Juan Sebastián
MUÑOZ Cristian Camilo
Groupama - FDJ
VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
VAN GILS Maxim
Trek - Segafredo
GARCÍA CORTINA Iván
ALBA Juan Diego
Israel Start-Up Nation
JANSEN Amund Grøndahl
JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
DE TIER Floris
Total Direct Energie
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
DE LA PARTE Víctor
Switzerland National Team
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