Tour de Romandie 2013
The Tour de Romandie is a favorite amongst the professional peleton because of the mix of lowland stages, Alpine passes and testing time trials. In both 2011 (Cadel Evans) and 2012 (Bradley Wiggins) the winner of the Tour de Romandie has gone on to win the Tour de France.
Set in the beautiful cycling landscape of Western Switzerland, the Tour de Romandie has a long history of producing winners in the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Road World Cycling Championship. Many riders in contention for the General Classification at the Giro and Le Tour will use the Tour de Romandie as their last warm up race.
Tour de Romandie Parcours 2013
Tour de Romandie 2013 will have a mix of challenging mountain stages, cat and mouse flat stages to give the sprinters a chance of reeling in the breakaway and time trial stages to allow the leading 2013 Tour de France contenders to practice their time trial technique against their rivals.
At the time of writing the Tour de Romandie 2013 parcours is yet to be confirmed but this is what we know so far:
Time Trial: Le Châble to Bruson
Tour de Romandie 2013 will start with a challenging mountain time trial from Le Châble to Bruson of around 7km in length. It’s unusual to start a stage race with a mountain time trial and it will result in time differences from Day 1. Teams looking to challenge Team Sky’s dominance will need to bring strong climbers.
The clue to this tough start is that 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France and the 2013 Tour is sure to feature lots of tough mountain stages to celebrate the mythical Cols that make the rich history of the Tour de France.
The Tour de Romandie is now seen as a key race in the build up to the Tour so it’s important that the pacrours test the riders and shares the main theme of Le Tour. In 2012 the theme of the Tour de France was short steep hills and the 2012 Tour de Romandie parcours featured several short sharp climbs to test the riders.
Queen Stage: Les Diablerets
SwissRetreat choose Les Diablerets as our Alpine base because unlike most resorts at altitude Les Diablerets has several routes to choose from rather than one road in and out of the high valley.
The 2013 Tour de Romandie will be won or lost with a mountain top finish in Les Diablerets. One or more of our testing home cols will be used and the major contenders will look to cement their lead ahead of the final day time trial in Geneva.
The Tour de Romandie organizers have yet to decide which combination of the Col des Mosses, Col du Pillon or Col de la Croix will be used. In 2012 Mark Cavendish led the peleton over the Col des Mosses proving to any doubters that he can indeed climb! It’s likely that the Col des Mosses will be the finishing point of the stage ensuring a dramatic finish that will suit strong climbers and rewarding those who dare to attack.
The final route will be announced in the Spring at one of the Classics races in Northern Europe and will feature a stage along Lake Geneva finishing in Renens, a circuit stage in Payerne and the final time trial in Geneva.
The race will start in Le Châble on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 and finish in Geneva on Sunday 28th April.
Tour de Romandie Teams
As part of the UCI world Tour all of the ProTour teams enter the Tour de Romandie with space for wildcards too, usually from the ranks of the ProContinental Teams. The Tour de Romandie has a good pedigree is supplying Tour de France winners and many of the GC contenders will use it as their last race before Le Tour.
The 2012 teams included a who’s who of the pro cycling world:
- AG2R La Mondiale Pro Cycling Team – France
- Astana Pro Team – Kazakhstan
- BMC Racing Team – USA
- Team Europcar – France (wildcard)
- Euskaltel-Euskadi – Spain
- Française des Jeux – France
- Team Garmin-Barracuda – USA
- GreenEDGE Cycling – Australia
- Katusha Team – Russia
- Team Lampre – Italy
- Liquigas Cannondale – Italy
- Lotto Belisol – Belgium
- Movistar Team – Spain
- Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team – Belgium
- Team Rabobank – Netherlands
- Team RadioShack-Nissan-Trek – Luxembourg
- Team Saxo Bank – Denmark
- Sky Pro Cycling – Great Britain
- Saur-Sojasun – France (wildcard)
- Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team – Netherlands
Famous Winners of the Tour de Romandie
- Eddy Merckx (Belgium) 1968: Merckx won theTour de Romandie before the first of his five Giro d’Italia Pink Jerseys in 1968
- Bernard Hinault (France) 1980: The badger won the Giro d’Italia and wore yellow for two days in 1980
- Stephen Roche (Ireland) 1983 ’84 & ’87: Roche became the second man ever to win the Triple Crown of the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Road World Cycling Championship
- Toni Rominger (Switzerland) 1991 & ’95: Toni won the Giro d’Italia in 1995 after winning Tour de Romandie
- Laurent Jalabert (France) 1999: Jalabert went on to win the Violet Points Jersey in the Giro d”Italia and finished 1st in the UCI ranking is ’99
- Cadel Evans (Australia) 2006 & ’11: Cadel went on to win Tour de France in 2011
- Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 2012: Wiggins and Team Sky dominated Romandie with victory sealed in Crans Montana
Romandie Classic Sportive
The Romandie Classic is a cycling sportive organized by the same team who run the Tour de Romandie. The race was created after Stage 15 of the 2009 Tour de France that featured a mountain top finish at the ski station of Verbier. The 78km parcours of the Romandie Classic finishes with a timed ascent of the Verbier climb, allowing riders to compare their times with the professional peleton.
Useful Websites for The Tour de Romandie
- Official website: Tour de Romandie website
- Facebook page: Join the conversation on the official Facebook page
- Twitter feed: Follow @TourDeRomandie for live race updates
- Accommodation: SwissRetreat Cycling Tours
Tour de Romandie Weekend
After the success of our 2012 Tour de Romandie weekend break SwissRetreat will again be hosting a Tour de Romandie holiday where you can ride the course ahead of the riders and watch Bradley Wiggins attempt to defend his Tour de Romandie title.
Photo Credit: All images kindly shared by the Tour de Romandie.