2004 Road trip to Switzerland
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The Feldschlösschen Brewery is the brick building to the left of the finish banner.

Sunday June 13th -- Lenzburg to Rheinfelden

We left our hotel in Lenzburg at 10:30 AM. We picked up the race route a few miles north of Lenzburg and rode most of the route to the finish in Rheinfelden (55 km). There was one Cat-3 climb on the way, the Büresteig.

We made a few side trips and stopovers on the way. These were the medievel town of Brugg and Laufenburg. Laufenburg is on both sides of the Rhein. At one time it was one town, but today half is in Switzerland and the other half is in Germany. It started raining in Laufenburg so we stopped for lunch. Afterwards we crossed the Rhine and rode through Germany for a while before crossing back onto the race route at Bad Sackingen, Germany.

Rain continued on and off all day. We found a spot at the finish and watched the two circuits. T-Mobile's Alexandre Vinokourov crashed into some road furniture on the first curcuit and abandoned the race. Robbie McEwen won the stage. After the finish we rode about 50 km back to Lenzburn in the rain.

The finish was interesting in that it finished in front of the Feldschlösschen Brewery. They are the title sponsor of the Tour de Suisse. There was free beer for the spectators in tiny cups.


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