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Tour de Suisse 2013

Tour de Suisse -Dieter Schütz  /

Cycling is a very popular leisure activity in Switzerland. Almost every Swiss person owns a bicycle of some sort - some a very fancy racing bike and some an old squeaking city bike. There are hundreds of bicycle trails all over Switzerland including downhill slopes, nationwide tracks (e.g. from St. Gallen to Geneva) that you can cycle over several days, or regional tracks like the one around lake Zurich.

Once a year, cycling in Switzerland attracts even international attention. The annual Tour de Suisse is one of professional cycling's most famous tours. After the all-famous Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and the Spanish Vuelta, the Tour de Suisse is probably one of the more popular and prestigious tours in the cycling calendar and part of the official UCI World Tour.

The first Tour de Suisse took place in 1933 with an Austrian winner. The tour became an annual fixture and with the exception of the years during WWII has always been carried out. Winners of the Tour de Suisse include illustrious names (of the cycling world) such as: Ferdy Kübler, Lance Armstrong (although doped), Fabian Cancellara and Levi Leipheimer.

This years Tour de Suisse will be the 77th tour and it will take place from June 8th - June 16h including a total of 9 stages. For everyone living in the Zurich area Stage 6 will be most interesting. It leads from Leuggern in the Canton of Aargau to Meilen near Zurich. On the way it circles the whole of lake Zurich and passes through the city of Zurich. According to the schedule, the tour should pass through Zurich between 5.30 pm and 6 pm, depending on the speed of the cyclists. If you want to get a whiff of the Tour de Suisse it is worth it to get there a bit earlier since a whole caravane that distributes promotional articles will pass before the riders. Also, many towns along the route organize food stands and other events for spectators.
Tour de Suisse - Stages 2013

You can find all relevant information on the official Tour de Suisse Website. And if you can't go watch it on the streets, Swiss Television is providing live coverage of most of the tour.



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