Next weekend, Lausanne will once again host a major sporting event on its land. The Grande Boucle will stop in the heart of the Olympic capital for the eighth stage. From La Dôle (FR) to Ouchy, the best cyclists on the planet will try to catch their breath between two mountain stages.
This “rough” course should provide a great show, says Patrice Schaub, responsible for sporting events at the City of Lausanne “This route promises to be very open. We are at the end of the first week, so cyclists will still have a little freshness. Afterwards, everything depends on what will happen the days before. After reaching the Col du Mollendruz, the athletes will slide down to L’Isle where they will begin crossing the plateau. “The final promises to be relatively difficult. Everything will be decided from Préverenges. I really hope to see a Swiss win this stage. Why not Marc Hirschi if he is in good shape.
Great sports festival
While more than 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, the City of Lausanne is keen to mark this event. Seven places will host free entertainment throughout the weekend (July 8 to 10). “We wanted a festive program that brings together the entire population, from children to seniors, by mixing culture, local gastronomy and sporting discoveries”, noted Emilie Moeschler, on the sidelines of a press conference. Each flagship site will also have giant screens to follow the race.
All along the stage the villages will also be waiting for the cyclists on a firm footing. In Cossonay, a giant fresco and various animations have been prepared. “We hope that the weather is good so that the helicopter can capture in image what we have achieved”, indicates Philippe Zuffery, municipal sports. For us it’s a great opportunity even if we weren’t really given a choice. In addition we have a bike club in the village so this is an opportunity to highlight this association.”
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Patrice Schaub was also able to see this enthusiasm. “I rode up to the Vallée de Joux this week and felt a certain excitement. Everyone decorated their village under the theme of the bicycle. The big attraction of the course will be the giant sundial 50 meters in diameter created by the architect Fabien Croy. This work is reminiscent of both the watchmaking world very present in the region and a bicycle wheel.
Enough to promote Swiss craftsmanship and spirit across more than 190 countries which broadcast the Tour de France. “I would like to remind you that it is the third most watched sporting event after the Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. For us, as the Olympic capital, it is an honor to be able to promote our canton two years from the Paris Games.
Difficult consequences on road traffic
If the party looks good for the spectators present along the route, motorists must reckon with complications. “We expect great disruption. The best solution will be to favor public transport”, emphasizes Emilie Moeschler. In particular, it will be possible to park your car at Bobst in Mex and then use the shuttles provided for this purpose.
The next day the riders will take the direction of Aigle before a definitive return to France. As a reminder,for repair work between Ollon and Ormont-Dessus. What a reminder of the importance of such a sporting event for the canton.
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