This summer the Tour de France will throw Switzerland into the spotlight, with cycling’s greatest race visiting on stages 16 and 17 for two days in the mountains.
The mountains of France and Italy are already assured of legendary status by the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia respectively – from the 48 switchbacks of the Stelvio, to the lunar landscape of Ventoux. Every passionate cyclist has heard of them.
But what about Switzerland? Any pro cycling fan who has watched the Tour de Suisse – one of the key warm-up races for the Tour de France – and the Tour de Romandie will know the country has some of the best riding Europe can offer, even if it flies under the radar at less than 18 per cent of the size of Great Britain.
And the Swiss cycling community has picked out the country’s greatest climbs for Grand Tours Project, highlighting those must-ride ascents.