The Tour de Suisse is the biggest cycling tour in Switzerland. It takes place every year in mid-June and is considered the most important stage race in cycling below the "big three" Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España. The Tour was part of the UCI ProTour, a series of the most important cycling races of the year, introduced in 2005. Since 2011, the race has been part of the successor series UCI World Tour.
The Tour is divided into eight stages and this year has an incredible 1343 kilometers of distance. The Tour de Suisse is ridden by many riders as a final preparation for the Tour de France, which usually starts two weeks later. Teams of the 1st and 2nd category are admitted. The leader in the overall standings wears the "Golden Jersey".
The Tour de Suisse is one of the biggest cycling races in the world with a high entertainment character. In addition to top-level sport with many international top stars, there is also a lot on offer for cycling fans and spectators. On both weekends, amateur athletes can compete on the original course as individual riders or in teams, while families can get their money's worth at the Bike-Expo and in the Kids-World. During the week, spectators can get up close and personal with the riders and teams at the start venue and stroll through the TdS Village at the finish venue and enjoy a varied entertainment program. And of course, the popular advertising convoy, which drives about an hour ahead of the race and distributes great giveaways to the spectators, may not be missing. Just visit the Tour de Suisse - there is something for everyone!