On the way back from Geneva, we stopped in Lausanne to drink a good beer and meet a good friend BLAIZE FELBERBAUM. I love Lausanne, small city with a very “chic” taste of frenchness and not at all swissness. For me Lausanne is not only ECAL or TAS, I remember Lausanne for the “À travers Lausanne” a race Contre le Montre, the Tuesday after the Tour. Was like a “red carpet” for the winner. The race was won by Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx(4x), Poulidor, Zoetemelk(5x) and in 1998 after a fantastic Tour, by Marco Pantani.
The Depart was in Quai d’Ouchy and the Arrivee, after 4km, in Sauvablin but the Rue du Petit-Chêne was a breakheart hill, 200m at 18% in pavé.(…)