- The race 2011
- All about the race
• Stage town on 1 previous occasion
• 19,800 inhabitants
• Subprefecture of Savoie (73)
The Tour’s riders have often passed through Albertville, a “ville vélo-touristique’’ (a city which provides riders with a welcome, services and facilities specially adapted to bicycle touring), for example to reach the Tarentaise and Beaufortain Valleys, but they have rarely stopped off there. They have more often had the opportunity to discover the Olympic city during the Critérium du Dauphiné, and in particular during the 2011 edition, when the first straight stage of the race set off from there. Several hours later, Belgium’s Jurgen Van den Broeck experienced the best moment of his young career, by winning in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, ahead of Joaquim Rodriguez and Cadel Evans.
• Stage site on one previous occasion
• 570 inhabitants at Fontcouverte and 2,500 for the domain of the Sybelles
• Winter sport station attached to Fontcouverte in Savoie (73)
The last time the Tour passed through La Toussuire was in 2006, but since then it has witnessed the victory of Joaquim Rodriguez during the last stage of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné. The Spanish rider won his second stage in a row, which also allowed him to win the green and polka dot jerseys. Just behind him, France’s Thibaut Pinot, took advantage of his knowledge of the finish, since he had won a stage of the Tour des Pays de Savoie there, two years earlier.