PREVIEW | Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 3 - Can Arnaud De Lie take vengeance on hilly and explosive finale?

The Tour de Suisse is one of the most important stage-races in the year. It is the final big test before the Tour de France and a few of the Tour's stars race in Switzerland; an eight-day race that features plenty mountains, time-trials and a few days for the classics specialists. The race takes place from the 9th to 16th of June. We preview stage 3.

An incredibly explosive day towards the end. This is a stage that resembles the Ardennes, and will certainly be very interesting for the spectators. In Steinmaur, the riders start a 162-kilometer day on the bike which is mostly flat in it's majority but then faces quite a few hills in the final 40 kilometers - none categorized. The first of which is 4.1 kilometers at 5.2% summiting with 32 kilometers to go, but it will be a mere warm-up.

PREVIEW | Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 3 - Can Arnaud De Lie take vengeance on hilly and explosive finale?
Stage 2: Steinmaur - Rüschlikon, 162.8 kilometers

A possible key point of the stage is the quick sequence of two medium-difficulty ascents that follow, already close to the finish. They are 3Km at 6.7% (14Km to go) and 2.4Km at 5.8% (9Km to go). Right after their summit comes a short and steep descent, not very technical, that leaves the riders with a mere 3 kilometers to go.

But the way into the finish line is not flat nor simple. There is a small hilltop that goes up to 8% that ends with around 2 kilometers to go. Then, after a sharp corner, the riders face the final hilltop into the finish which is only 800 meters long but averages 7.7%. An interesting finish, where a lot can happen.

PREVIEW | Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 3 - Can Arnaud De Lie take vengeance on hilly and explosive finale?

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PREVIEW | Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 3 - Can Arnaud De Lie take vengeance on hilly and explosive finale?
Map Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 2 

Prediction Tour de Suisse 2024 stage 2:

*** Arnaud De Lie, Michael Matthews
** Bryan Coquard, Maxim van Gils, Axel Laurance
* Stephen Williams, Tom Pidcock, Alberto Bettiol, Marc Hirschi, Mattias Skjelmose, Rui Costa, Richard Carapaz, Finn Fisher-Black, Kévin Vauquelin, Brandon Rivera

Pick: Michael Matthews

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