Wednesday July 20th, 2016

Stage 17Berne / Finhaut-Emosson

  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    From north to south, it'll be a day of discovery and 100% Swiss with a spectacular finish situated at the Emosson dam.There will be opportunities to seize on the sequence of 13 kilometre heading to the summit of the Col de la Forclaz, and then on the 10 kilometres that remained to be covered to reach the Emosson dam.

A sporting view

Profile Berne / Finhaut-Emosson 184KM


Tourist attractions


The cycling peloton has its habits in Berne that often welcomes the Tour de Suisse.
The last winner here, Tom Dumoulin symbolized a sort of renewal when he claimed the final time-trial stage in 2015, beating Fabian Cancellara who had already triumphed three times in stages taking place in his hometown. Further back in time, a stage of the 1941 Tour de Suisse in Berne had seen the success of a future winner of the Tour, Ferdi Kübler (1950), oldest winner of the race still alive.

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Tour de l’Horloge, Berne (© Thinkstock)
First time stage city
Federal capital of Switzerland
140,000 inhabitants


Common of the Canton of Valais, Finhaut is mainly known since the construction of the last major Swiss dam, on the Plateau d'Emosson. The superb lake that it created is supplied by the water of the Tour glacier on the Mont-Blanc mountain.
That certainly looks like an invitation to the peloton that has already come here for the Tour de Suisse, the Tour de l'Avenir and a stage of the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné that ended with the stage success of Lieuwe Westra.

Web sites

Lac de Finhaut-Emosson (© Michel Darbellay-Médiathèque Valais-Martigny)
First time stage site
Emosson dam facing the Mont-Blanc
Situated at Finhaut, common of the Canton of Valais (Switzerland)
450 inhabitants

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