Tour de Suisse

Where: Switzerland
When: June 13-21 2015
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.

While the 2015 Tour de Suisse may lack the top Tour contenders – Chris Froome (Sky), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC) are in the Dauphiné – it does feature a stronger line-up of sprinters, including Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Tour green jersey champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Given the absence of Tour de Suisse winner for the last three years, Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), the race is wide open this year, with no clear overall favourite.

The 2015 race is bookended by individual time trials, with a mix of flat, hilly and mountain stages in between, all run in the picturesque setting of Switzerland.

Tour de Suisse 2015 stages
Stage one, Saturday June 13, Risch-Rotkreuz – Risch-Rotkreuz, 51.km ITT
Stage two, Sunday June 14, Risch-Rotkreuz – Risch-Rotkreuz, 161.1km
Stage three, Monday June 15, Quinto – Olivone, 117.3km
Stage four, Tuesday June 16, Flims – Schwarzenbach, 193.2km
Stage five, Wednesday June 17, Unterterzen – Sölden, 237.3km
Stage six, Thursday June 18, Wil – Biel / Bienne, 193.1km
Stage seven, Friday June 19, Biel / Bienne – Düdingen, 164.6km
Stage eight, Saturday June 20, Bern – Bern, 152.5km
Stage nine, Sunday June 21, Bern – Bern, 38.4km ITT

Key info: Preview | Who will win? | TV guide

Key riders: Mark Cavendish | Peter Sagan | Fabian Cancellara | Alexander Kristoff