The next Tour de France will be very international. Once is not custom. It will start in Denmark, with three stages through one of the countries most in love with the little queen in the world. The Grande Boucle will then make a little prank in Belgium, it seems, the day after a day that will force cyclists to cross the mythical cobblestones of the North.
This is the second weekend that Switzerland will be in the spotlight. It is an open secret that will be formalized this Thursday at eleven o’clock in Paris. Lausanne will receive the finish of the eighth stage on Saturday 9 July, the start of which will be given in Dole, in the Jura department, in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. The next day, cyclists will leave from Aigle, direction Châtel, in the Haute-Savoie department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. That’s about all we’re sure about for now.
So because we can’t wait any longer, we had fun drawing our dream stages for these two ends of the day in Switzerland. It is by no means a forecast, much more a wish. The mileage, like calculating height differences and everything in between is simply estimated as a guide. But it’s still a lot of dreaming, isn’t it?
On Saturday, there are not hundreds of solutions for the route. Already because by going almost straight from Dole to Lausanne by the “ideal” road, we have more than 150 kilometers. As a bonus, the runners will come out of a battle on the highest ramps of the Planches-des-Belles-Filles the day before. Suddenly, you have to be creative to find an itinerary that highlights the host city of arrival, which goes to the cash desk to afford it …
From Dole, it’s very simple, we try to go straight towards Switzerland. We enter the country shortly after Jougne, we go to Orbe, via Echallens because it has always made me dream, we go to Froideville, Savigny and Jorat. From there, we descend headlong into Lutry and that’s where the serious things begin and the punchers kick in.
From the shores of Lake Geneva, we return in the direction of Lausanne and we put the arrow to the right. We cross Pully, we pass through Chailly and we continue the climb to Chalet-à-Gobet or almost. There, we tour the city and we go on a technical descent via Prilly, in the direction of La Maladière. For the form, we make the edge of the lake, we pass in front of the Olympic Museum and we climb again towards the Parking de la Pontaise or that of la Tuilière, as you wish.
From the Haldimand Tower, we start from the Avenue de l’Elysée, we go along the Parc de Milan and we cross the train station. The victory will be played along Ruchonnet, then the Avenues of Beaulieu, Jomini and Mont-Blanc. We end up turning left at the Barracks and we explain ourselves on the Plaines-du-Loup before crossing the line either towards the Vélodrome car park or that of the new stadium.
Not extraordinary, it’s true, but you have to manage to get the caravan through. And then with 205 kilometers on the clock, 2400 meters of elevation gain and pace at the end … We calculated the last five terminals between Ouchy and Pontaise at around 5% on average, with passages of 8-12%. We all dreamed of going through the Petit-Chêne and the Valentin, but not sure if this is possible with the laundry advertising trucks spitting out bubbles.
On Sunday, for the ninth stage, riders are expected to set off near the World Cycling Center of the International Cycling Union. As it is Lord’s Day and as, in general, Amaury Sport Organization likes that on the eve of a rest day the cyclists take their socks full, we let ourselves go a little on the slopes.
In order to make the passage in the canton of Vaud profitable, we would like the peloton to come back a little in the direction of Lavaux and Montreux to start and then pass through the Vaudois Alps, before heading off to Haute-Savoie. Some sites think that the Tour will escape directly towards Thonon, but we would find that super sad.
Suddenly, from Aigle, we head towards Lavaux, saluting Port-Valais on the way. We continue with a warm-up with a climb at the foot of Mont-Pélerin, via Corsier and Alliaz, before descending to Montreux. As the stage is broadcast in its entirety, it’s beautiful. To spice up the rest, we go up towards Les Diablerets via La Forclaz. It’s long, but not too hard.
From there, we branch off on the Col de la Croix, before a long descent to Monthey, via Bex, before the leaders can explain themselves on the slopes of Pas-de-Morgins. It is not necessarily very difficult either, but there is still the trifle of two weeks of racing towards Paris, afterwards. Perfect for starting hostilities between favorites.
This ninth stage would thus cover 164 km, for an estimated elevation gain of 3800 meters and three or four listed climbs, depending on taste. We would have seen Lavaux and the Vaudois Alps. A sacred postcard distributed across 190 countries. What to revive tourism by us, after these villains less Covid without Chinese or Americans!