Where: Switzerland When: April 30 to May 5 2019 Rank: UCI WorldTour
Tour de Romandie 2017 stage three. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada
The Tour de Romandie is a six-stage race in the French-speaking area of Switzerland that has established itself as one of the key events leading up to the Tour de France in July, as well as being a prestigious event in its own right.
In the past decade, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Cadel Evans have all won the race directly before going on to win the Tour de France..
Tour de Romandie 2019 stages
The route for the Tour de Romandie 2019 features a selection of different terrains, with hilly and mountain stages.
The race is bookended by time trials, potentially leaving the final GC result up for grabs until the very last minute.
>>> Prologue, Tuesday April 30, Neuchâtel – Neuchâtel, 3.9km
>>> Stage one, Weds May 1, Neuchâtel – La Chaux-de-Fonds, 169.4km
>>> Stage two, Thurs May 2, La Locle – Morges, 174.4km
>>> Stage three, Fri May 3, Romont – Romont, 160km
>>> Stage four, Sat May 4, Lucens – Torgon, 176km
>>> Stage five, Sun May 5, Genève – Genève, 16.8km
Outline per stage:
Prologue, Tuesday April 30, Neuchâtel – Neuchâtel, 3.9km
The race kicks off with a flat and fast prologue in Neuchâtel.
Stage one, Weds May 1, Neuchâtel – La Chaux-de-Fonds, 169.4km
The mountainous stage two accumulates 2700 metres of climbing and could provide a launchpad for early attacks, giving us a glimpse into who we can expect to enliven the coming days.
Stage two, Thurs May 2, La Locle – Morges, 174.4km
Stage two is hilly, with 1819 metres of climbing in total. Breakaways have succeeded here, but that downhill stretch to the finish line could see escapees caught and a bunch sprint erupt.
Stage three, Fri May 3, Romont – Romont, 160km
A day of mountain loops, riders will climb the 900 metres of the Brit and the Rue des Moines three times. The total ascent is 2193 metres. Organisers expect teams to keep the peloton together, resulting in a sprint finish that will reward strong legs.
Stage four, Sat May 4, Lucens – Torgon, 176km
More laps of the mountains. The Queen stage collects 3456 metres of ascent, with five passes: Vaud, Friborg, Bern, Valais, and the Grand Prix de la Montagne. The final 11.6km climb will represent a challenge, and could make or break a group of escapee riders, or provide a springboard for a GC contender to slip away.
Stage five, Sun May 5, Genève – Genève, 16.8km
A lumpy start with a flat finish, the final time trial could still provide time for a GC shake up.
Tour de Romandie: recent winners
2018: Primož Roglič
2017: Richie Porte
2016: Nairo Quintana
2015: Ilnur Zakarin
2014: Chris Froome
2013: Chris Froome
2012: Bradley Wiggins
2011: Cadel Evans
2010: Simon Spilak
2009: Roman Kreuziger
2008: Andreas Klöden