Saturday, 8th of June, Team Saxo-Tinkoff are rolling out on the Swiss roads to do another warm-up race for this year's Tour de France. Tour de Suisse is launched with an 8-kilometer long prologue in Quinto and the very next day, the heavier riders can kiss the chance of conquering the overall lead goodbye as the second stage holds an uphill finish on Crans Montana - a more than 10-kilometer long first category climb.
Tomorrow the Tour de Suisse will start, the race ends on Sunday 16th of June. This is the second preparatory race for the Tour de France, next to the Critérium du Dauphiné. Lotto Belisol relies on Francis De Greef for a good overall classification. The key word for our team in this tough WorldTour race is: attacking. Hopefully that will be rewarded by a stage win. Tosh Van der Sande comes back in competition after he broke his left collarbone four weeks ago in the Tour de Picardie.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the selection that will participate in Tour de Suisse, a 1,301.4km stage race from June 8th until June 16th. The 2013 edition features a Stage 1, 8.1km TT, chances for climbers in the mountains for Stage 2 (161km) and Stage 7 (206km), and a final stage TT of 26.8km, which includes an uphill approach to the finish. There are multiple medium mountain stages, and a sprint finale is most likely on Stage 4.
Blanco Pro Cycling Team will enter a mix of riders in the Tour of Switzerland, which will start this Saturday. Several of the men come in with their legs still strong from the Giro d’Italia together with several riders who will be preparing for the Tour de France.