English name Tour of Romandy
Editions 70 (as of 2016)
Discipline Road bicycle racing
First edition 1947
|Region Romandy, Switzerland|
Competition UCI World Tour
First winner Désiré Keteleer (BEL)
Edition 70 (2016)
|Local name(s) Tour de Romandie (French)|
Most wins Stephen Roche (IRL) (3 wins)
Instances 2016 Tour de Romandie, 2015 Tour de Romandie, 2012 Tour de Romandie, 2011 Tour de Romandie, 2010 Tour de Romandie
Tour de romandie 2014 hd stage 3
The Tour de Romandie is a stage race which is part of the UCI World Tour. It runs in the Romandie region, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. It began in 1947, to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of Swiss Cycling.
The race traditionally starts with an individual time trial prologue in Geneva and ends with another individual time-trial in the hilly terrains in Lausanne. The final time-trial traditionally starts in the stadium north of Lausanne, goes downhill southwards to Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), and makes its way back uphill to the stadium again. Not surprisingly, the winner and several of the top-ten finishers are usually excellent time trialists. Prior to the 2014 edition, four winners of the Tour de Romandie had gone on to win the Tour de France in the same year; Stephen Roche in 1987, then Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively.
The course of the race usually heads northwards towards the Jura mountains and Alpine mountain ranges of western Switzerland.