The Tour de Suisse concludes with the Queen Stage. At 160 kilometres and featuring 3,560 vertical metres, the route includes three passes before descending back into Andermatt.
Originally, the last stage would have included three passes to the west of Andermatt, but since the Susten Pass is closed the organisation was forced to come up with a solution. The new route is 42 kilometres longer and takes in a similar elevation gain.
The last stage of the Tour de Suisse takes in the Oberalp Pass to start. The 11 kilometres climb slopes at 5.5%. After the descent the riders turn right to enter the Lukmanier Pass. Which is a 16.5 kilometres climb at 5.3%.
A downhill of roughly 30 kilometres brings the riders back into the valley and the route continues on undulating terrain – mostly uphill – to the foot of the Gotthard Pass. It’s not the official climb yet, but this section surely adds to the fatigue. The actuel Gotthard Pass is a 13 kilometres climb wit an average gradient of 6.8%.
From the summit the pilots descent into Andermatt before the last kilometres are played out on the flat.
The first three riders on the line gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, while the intermediate sprints come with 3, 2 and 1 seconds each.
The 8th stage of the Tour de Suisse starts at 12.47 and the race is expected to finish around 17.20 – both are local times (CEST).