64th Tour de Suisse - 2.HC

Switzerland, June 13 - 22, 2000

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The Stages

  • Stage 1 - June 13: Uster-Uster, TTT, 24 km
  • Stage 2 - June 14: Uster-Rheinfelden, 197 km
  • Stage 3 - June 15: Rheinfelden-Fribourg, 182 km
  • Stage 4 - June 16: Fribourg-Verbier, 156 km
  • Stage 5 - June 17: Sierre-Sierre, ITT, 30 km
  • Stage 6 - June 18: Ulrichen-Ulrichen, 103 km
  • Stage 7 - June 19: Locarno-Lugano, 171 km
  • Stage 8 - June 20: Locarno-La Punt, 170 km
  • Stage 9 - June 21: St.Moritz-Arosa, 150 km
  • Stage 10 - June 22: Herisau-Baden, 175 km


This year's Tour de Suisse, from June 13-22, promises to be a very challenging edition of this classic stage race. A total of 10 stages in 10 days, including an individual and a team time trial, along with a very mountainous parcours will be a hard earned victory for one, and a good Tour build up for others. A total of 18,400 vertical meters are on the agenda in 1358 kilometres of racing, and 17 professional teams will take part in the fun.

The race starts with a 24 kilometre, flat team time trial in Uster which should get things off to an interesting start. Teams to watch will be Vini Caldirola, Mapei, Rabobank and Telekom at this point. Stage 2 from Uster to Rheinfelden is also quite flat, with a couple of 300 metre climbs. The race enters more hilly terrain in stages 3 and 4, with the latter ending in a 1000 metre climb at Verbier.

Stage 5 on June 17 is a 30 kilometre individual time trial, with one 150 metre climb to be overcome. Following this is a short 103 kilometre stage starting and finishing in Ulrichen. Short it may be, but it certainly isn't easy, as the pack will negotiate three climbs of 1000 metres (up) each, with the highest being the 2436 metre Furka Pass, and a downhill run into the finish. This stage has virtually no flat part.

There follows a flattish stage 7, 171 kilometres from Locarno to Lugano before the mountains strike in stage 8. Starting in Locarno/Magadino (198 m), the course is fairly flat for the first 40 kilometres, before rising to 2066 metres (San Bernadino Pass) in the next 25 kilometres. Following the descent back to 680 metres, there is another climb to the Abula Pass (2315 metres), and a 10 kilometre downhill to the finish at La Punt.

The 150 kilometre long 9th stage from St.Moritz to Arosa is only slightly easier, climbing the Flüela pass (km 52, 2383 m) then descending for quite a while. The last 30 kilometres to Arosa are all uphill though, involving at 1300 metre gain in altitude. The final stage is fairly straightforward, 175 kilometres from Herisau to Baden with a few short climbs.

All in all, a challenging and varied parcours providing plenty of resistance for those who seek it.

Several top riders will be aiming to win the Tour de Suisse, while others will use it as Tour de France preparation. Amongst the favourites will be Francesco Casagrande, winner last year and looking to avenge his defeat in the Giro d'Italia. Stefano Garzelli, winner of that race may feature although he may be recovering from/enjoying his efforts in the Giro. Similarly for Gilberto Simoni (Lampre), but he may well wish to ride hard in this event, seeing as he won't race the Tour.

On the other hand, riders like Laurent Dufaux (Saeco), Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) and Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) are all a lot more rested. Camenzind will likely be going all out, as he does not have a Tour start. Many of the others, Vandenbroucke, Ullrich, Tchmil, and Virenque for example will likely try and test themselves on a few stages without throwing the entire basket of wood onto the fire.

Starting list

Vini Caldirola - Sidermec       Mapei-Quick Step

1 Francesco Casagrande (Ita)    11 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
2 Patrick Calcagni (Swi)        12 Fred Rodriguez (USA)
3                               13 Johan Museeuw (Bel)
4 Massimo Donati (Ita)          14 Daniele Nardello (Ita)
5 Mauro Zanetti (Ita)           15 Wilfried Peeters (Bel)
6 Mauro Gianetti (Swi)          16 Tom Steels (Bel)
7 Stefan Rütimann (Swi)         17 David Tani (Ita)
8 Pietro Zucconi (Swi)          18 Stefano Zanini (Ita)

Team Deutsche Telekom           Rabobank

21 Jan Ullrich (Ger)            31 Michael Boogerd (Ned)
22 Rolf Aldag (Ger)             32 Niki Aebersold (Swi)
23 Udo Bölts (Ger)              33 Maarten den Bakker (Ned)
24 Alberto Elli (Ita)           34 Marc Lotz (Ned)
25 Guiseppe Guerini (Ita)       35 Grischa Niermann (Ger)
26 Jens Heppner (Ger)           36 Rolf Sörensen (Den)
27 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)   37 Marc Wauters (Bel)
28 Steffen Wesemann (Ger)       38 Markus Zberg (Swi)

Lampre - Daikin                 Fassa Bortolo

41 Oscar Camenzind (Swi)        51 Wladimir Belli (Ita)
42 Simone Bertoletti (Ita)      52 Marco Fincato (Ita)
43 Marco Della Vedova (Ita)     53 Dario Frigo (Ita)
44 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa)     54 Leonardo Giordani (Ita)
45 Raivis Belohvosciks (Let)    55 Volodydir Gustov (Ukr)
46 Robert Hunter (Rsa)          56 Mateo Tosatto (Ita)
47 Mariano Piccoli (Ita)        57 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita)
48 Gilberto Simoni (Ita)        58 Tadej Valjavec (Slo)

Cofidis                         Saeco - Valli&Valli

61 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel)    71 Laurent Dufaux (Swi)
62 Philipp Gaumont (Fra)        72 Daniel Atienza (Spa)
63 Peter Farazijn (Bel)         73 Valentino China (Ita)
64 Massimilano Lelli (Ita)      74 Salvatore Commesso (Ita)
65 Arnaud Prêtot (Fra)          75 Armin Meier (Swi)
66 Nico Mattan (Bel)            76 Massimiliano Mori (Ita)
67 Roland Meier (Swi)           77 Francesco Secchiari (Ita)
68 Chris Peers (Bel)            78 Igor Pugaci (Mda)

Lotto Mobistar                  Liquigas - Pata

81 Andrei Tchmil (Bel)          91 Ellis Rastelli (Ita)
82 Serge Baguet (Bel)           92 Stefano Cattai (Ita)
83 Koen Beeckman (Bel)          93 Daniele Contrini (Ita)
84 Jacky Durand (Fra)           94 Fabio Marchesin (Ita)
85 Mario Aerts (Bel)            95 Mirko Marini (Ita)
86                              96 Fausto Dotti (Ita)
87 Thierry Marichal (Bel)       97 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo)
88 Peter Wuyts (Bel)            98 Andrey Teterjouk (Kaz)

La Française des Jeux           Mercatone Uno - Albacom

101 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita)        111 Stefano Garzelli (Ita)
102 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra)    112 Marco Artunghi (Ita)
103 Christophe Mengin (Fra)     113 Massimo Cigana (Ita)
104 Yvan Ledanois (Fra)         114 Igor Astarloa (Spa)
105 Sven Montgomery (Swi)       115 Daniele De Paoli (Ita)
106 Daniel Schnider (Swi)       116 Oscar Mason (Ita)
107 Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra)   117 Gianmario Ortenzi (Ita)
108 Frank Hoj (Den)             118 Massimo Podenzana (Ita)

Team Polti                      Phonak

121 Richard Virenque (Fra)      131 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi)
122 Rossano Brasi (Ita)         132 Matthias Buxhofer (Aut)
123 Rafael Matteos Perez (Spa)  133 Christian Charriere (Swi)
124 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita)        134 Jéròme Delbove (Fra)
125 Mirco Crepaldi (Ita)        135 Dominique Perras (Can)
126 Stéphane Goubert (Fra)      136 René Stadelmann (Swi)
127 Pascal Herve (Fra)          137 Jochen Summer (Aut)
128 Fabio Sacchi (Ita)          138 Lukas Zumsteg (Swi)

Post Swiss Team                 Gerolsteiner

141 Pierre Ackermann (Swi)      151 René Haselbacher (Ger)
142 Christian Sidler (Swi)      152 Sveln-Gaute Hölestöl (Nor)
143 Bruno Boscardin (Swi)       153 Thomas Mühlbacher (Aut)
144 Stephan Gottschling (Ger)   154 Sven Teutenberg (Ger)
145 Christian Heule (Swi)       155 Michael Rich (Ger)
146 Dirk Mueller (Ger)          156 Torsten Schmidt (Ger)
147 Christian Poos (Lux)        157 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger)
148 Marcel Strauss (Swi)        158 Peter Wrolich (Aut)

Manheim Auctions/Mercury

161 Jan Bratkowski (Ger)
162 Jamie Drew (Aus)
163 Gordon Fraser (Can)
164 Christopher Horner (USA)
165 Floyd Landis (USA)
166 Henk Vogels (Aus)
167 Kirk Willett (USA)
168 Steve Zampieri (Swi)

Past Winners

      Winner                      Second                    Third

1999  Francesco Casagrande (Ita)  Laurent Jalabert (Fra)    Gilberto Simoni (Ita)
1998  Stefano Garzelli (Ita)      Beat Zberg (Swi)          Wladimir Belli (Ita)
1997  Christophe Agnolutto (Fra)  Oscar Camenzind (Swi)     Jan Ullrich (Ger)
1996  Peter Luttenberger (Aut)    Gianni Faresin (Ita)      Gianni Bugno (Ita)
1995  Pawel Tonkov (Rus)          Alex Zülle (Swi)          Zenon Jaskula (Pol)
1994  Pascal Richard (Swi)        Wladimir Pulnikow (Rus)   Gianluca Pierobon (Ita)
1993  Marco Saligari (Ita)        Rolf Järmann (Swi)        Fernando Escartin (Spa)
1992  Giorgio Furlan (Ita)        Gianni Bugno (Ita)        Fabian Jeker (Swi)
1991  Luc Roosen (Bel)            Pascal Richard (Swi)      Andrew Hampsten (USA)
1990  Sean Kelly (Irl)            Robert Millar (Gb)        Andrew Hampsten (USA)
1989  Beat Breu (Swi)             Daniel Steiger (Swi)      Jörg Müller (Swi)
1988  Helmut Wechselberger (Aut)  Steve Bauer (Can)         Acacio da Silva (Por)
1987  Andrew Hampsten (USA)       Peter Winnen (Ned)        Fabio Parra (Col)
1986  Andrew Hampsten (USA)       Robert Millar (GB)        Greg Lemond (USA)
1985  Phil Anderson (Aus)         Niki Rüttimann (Swi)      Guido Winterberg (Swi)
1984  Urs Zimmermann (Swi)        Silva da Acacio (Por)     Gerhard Zadrobilek (Aut)
1983  Sean Kelly (Ire)            Peter Winnen (Ned)        Jean-Marie Grezet (Swi)
1982  Giuseppe Saronni (Ita)      Theo de Rooy (Ned)        Guido van Calster (Bel)
1981  Beat Breu (Swi)             Joseph Fuchs (Swi)        Leonardo Natale (Ita)
1980  Mario Beggia (Ita)          Josef Fuchs (Swi)         Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)
1979  Wilfried Wesemael (Bel)     Rudi Pevenage (Bel)       Leonardo Mazzantini (Ita)
1978  Paul Wellens (Bel)          Ueli Sutter (Swi)         Josef Fuchs (Swi)
1977  Michel Pollentier (Bel)     Lucien van Impe (Bel)     Bert Pronk (Ned)
1976  Hennie Kuiper (Ned)         Michel Pollentier (Bel)   José Pesarradona (Spa)
1975  Roger de Vlaeminck (Bel)    Eddy Merckx (Bel)         Louis Pfenninger (Swi)
1974  Eddy Merckx (Bel)           Gösta Pettersson (Swe)    Louis Pfenninger (Swi)
1973  José-Manuel Fuente (Spa)    Donato Giuliani (Ita)     Wladimiro Panizza (Ita)
1972  Louis Pfenninger (Swi)      Roger Pingeon (Fra)       Michele Dancelli (Ita)
1971  Georges Pintens (Bel)       Louis Pfenninger (Swi)    Ugo Colombo (Ita)
1970  Roberto Poggiali (Ita)      Louis Pfenninger (Swi)    Primo Mori (Ita)
1969  Vittorio Adorni (Ita)       Aurelio Gonzales (Spa)    Bernard Vifian (Swi)
1968  Louis Pfenninger (Swi)      Robert Hagmann (Swi)      Hermann van Springel (Bel)
1967  Gianni Motta (Ita)          Rolf Maurer (Swi)         Luis-Pedro Santamarina (Spa)
1966  Ambrogio Portalupi (Ita)    Carlo Chiappano (Ita)     Ruedi Zollinger (Swi)
1965  Franco Bitossi (Ita)        Joseph Huysmans (Bel)     Marcello Mugnaini (Ita)
1964  Rolf Maurer (Swi)           Franco Balmamion (Ita)    Italo Zilioli (Ita)
1963  Giuseppe Fezzardi (Ita)     Rolf Maurer (Swi)         Attilio Moresi (Swi)
1962  Hans Junkermann (Ger)       Franco Balmamion (Ita)    Aldo Moser (Ita)
1961  Attilio Moresi (Swi)        Hilaire Couvreur (Bel)    Alfred Rüegg (Swi)
1960  Alfred Rüegg (Swi)          Kurt Gimmi (Swi)          René Strehler (Swi)
1959  Hans Junkermann (Ger)       Henri Anglade (Fra)       Federico Bahamontes (Spa)
1958  Pasquale Fornara (Ita)      Hans Junkermann (Ger)     Nino Catalano (Ita)
1957  Pasquale Fornara (Ita)      Edgar Sorgeloos (Bel)     Attilio Moresi (Swi)
1956  Rolf Graf (Swi)             Fritz Schär (Swi)         Joseph Planckaert (Bel)
1955  Hugo Koblet (Swi)           Stan Ockers (Bel)         Carlo Clerici (Swi)
1954  Pasquale Fornara (Ita)      Agostino Coletto (Ita)    Giancarlo Astrua (Ita)
1953  Hugo Koblet (Swi)           Fritz Schär (Swi)         Danilo Barozzi (Ita)
1952  Pasquale Fornara (Ita)      Ferdinand Kübler (Swi)    Carlo Clerici (Swi)
1951  Ferdinand Kübler (Swi)      Hugo Koblet (Swi)         Alfredo Martini (Ita)
1950  Hugo Koblet (Swi)           Jean Goldschmit (Lux)     Aldo Ronconi (Ita)
1949  Gottfried Weilenmann (Swi)  Georges Aeschlimann (Swi) Ernst Stettler (Swi)
1948  Ferdinand Kübler (Swi)      Giulio Bresci (Ita)       Hans Sommer (Swi)
1947  Gino Bartali (Ita)          Giulio Bresci (Ita)       Stan Ockers (Bel)
1946  Gino Bartali (Ita)          Josef Wagner (Swi)        Aldo Ronconi (Ita)
1942  Ferdinand Kübler (Swi)      Willi Kern (Swi)          Fritz Stocker (Swi)
1941  Josef Wagner (Swi)          Werner Buchwalder (Swi)   Ferdinand Kübler (Swi)
1939  Robert Zimmermann (Swi)     Max Bolliger (Swi)        Christophe Didier (Lux)
1938  Giovanni Valetti (Ita)      Arsène Mersch (Lux)       Severino Canavesi (Ita)
1937  Karl Litschi (Swi)          Leo Amberg (Swi)          Walter Blattmann (Swi)
1936  Henri Garnier (Bel)         Gustave Deloor (Bel)      Leo Amberg (Swi)
1935  Gaspard Rinaldi (Fra)       Leo Amberg (Swi)          Henri Garnier (Bel)
1934  Ludwig Geyer (Ger)          Léon Level (Fra)          Francesco Camusso (Ita)
1933  Max Bulla (Aut)             Albert Büchi (Swi)        Gaspard Rinaldi (Fra)
Past winners from Mario Stiehl, Berlin