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Suisse organizers shorten finale due to bad weather

Weather conditions force organizers to shorten the ninth and final stage of the Tour de Suisse to just 57 kilometers

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Wet conditions and temperatures near freezing forced organizers to shorten Sunday’s ninth and final stage of the Tour de Suisse.

The route was initially slated to take the peloton on a 117.7-kilometer trek, cresting two hors-categorie climbs in a large loop that would have started and finished in Davos. However, due to weather concerns, organizers cut the first climb, the Albulapass, out of the picture, and moved the stage start to the town of La Punt. That essentially cuts stage 9 in half, and down to a total distance of 57km.

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The change leaves just one final climb, the Flüelapass, for the general classification contenders to make their mark in the 2016 Tour de Suisse, with Astana’s Miguel Ángel López leading the race heading into the final stage. However, with less than 20 seconds separating the top four riders on the overall leaderboard, one climb may be all that’s required to shake things up on the last day of the race, especially given the challenges the Suisse peloton has faced across four straight days of GC action in the Alps.

The Tour de Suisse is by no means the first WorldTour stage race of the season to see weather conditions forcing organizers to make tough decisions — both Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico were shortened by one stage each due to snow in March.