For the first time since 2008, the Tour of Switzerland was not opened by a time trial. In temperatures of more than 30 degrees, the riders had to accomplish four laps around Küsnacht in the Zürich region, each of them containing the Pfannenstiel (4 km at 5%) and the Küsnachter Berg (3 km à 8%) climbs.
Six riders animated the stage until they were caught in the last lap. It was on the last climb that the favorites battled with each other and Italian rider Domenico Pozzovivo was present when a group of fifteen riders managed to distance the rest of the peloton on the top. This group sprinted for the victory and Pozzovivo took tenth place.