Tour de Suisse

Peloton riding at the Tour de Suisse 2019
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Where: Switzerland

When: June 6-13 2021

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 2021, it takes place between June 6-13.

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 last edition took place in 2019 and was won by Egan Bernal and served as a preparation race for the Tour de France.

Bernal was on fine form as he beat then Bahrain-Merida's, not team-mate, Rohan Dennis to the overall win, before going on to win the Tour.

The race did usually take place over nine stages, but the race has now gone for a more usual eight-day long race instead.

The 2020 race did not go ahead due to the Coronavirus pandemic but does return in 2021.

Tour de Suisse 2021 stages

Stage 1, Frauenfeld to Frauenfeld (10.9km ITT)
Stage 2, Neuhausen A.R. to Lachen (173km Hilly)
Stage 3, Lachen to Pfaffnau (185km Hilly)
Stage 4, St. Urban to Gstaad (171km Mountain)
Stage 5, Gstaad to Leukerbad (172km Mountain)
Stage 6, Fiesch to Disentis Sedrun (162km Mountain)
Stage 7, Disentis Sedrun to Andermatt (23.2km Mountain ITT)
Stage 8, Andermatt to Andermatt (118km Mountain)

Tour de Suisse: Recent winners

2020: No race
2019: Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos
2018: Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
2017: Simon Špilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin
2016: Miguel Ángel López (Col) Astana
2015: Simon Špilak (Slo) Katusha
2014: Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
2013: Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team
2012: Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team
2011: Levi Leiphemier (USA) RadioShack
2010: Fränk Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank
2009: Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Saxo Bank
2008: Roman Kreuziger (Lux) Liquigas
2007: Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse D'Epargne

Key info: Start list