Sunday June 2nd, 2013

Stage 1Champéry / Champéry

Start 11h55 GMT 2+

A true exploit made in Canada by David Veilleux

Canadian cyclist David Veilleux claimed a fantastic solo victory in the Swiss Alps as he arrived in Champéry almost two minutes before the peloton of the top favorites. Being the first attacker of the day after only three kilometers of racing as soon as the terrain became hilly, the Europcar rider got a well deserved victory made of 118 kilometres of breakaway, including 47 alone! A quarter of a century later, he pursues the legend of his compatriot Steve Bauer who won the prologue of the 1988 Criterium du Dauphiné.

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The stage in pictures

photo13/09/2013 

VEILLEUX David © A.S.O. / G.Demouveaux

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Tourist attractions

Champéry

An idyllic village, full of character, Champéry is situated between the Dents Blanches and the Dents du Midi, at the heart of the French-Swiss Portes du Soleil area (650km of ski slopes), at an altitude of 1,050 metres. This Valais ski resort is notable for its traditional family atmosphere, authenticity and warmth. It is easily accessible by road, as well as by public transport such as rail, with a direct link to the Simplon line. As an active sports venue, Champéry played host to the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2005, the European Curling Championships in 2010, and the Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in 2011. It is currently preparing to play host to the European Curling Championships again in 2014. The town also has a dynamic cultural life, including the 'Maxi-Rires' Comedy Festival and a wide range of musical events. Champéry is also a great example of low-impact tourism. More than 600 kilometres of walking trails allow visitors to explore this delightful landscape on foot, horseback and bike. Fishing, horse-riding, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning and paragliding are all possible, as well as, of course, mountain biking and skiing in the magnificent Portes du Soleil area. Champéry also boasts the Centre Sportif du Palladium, a sports complex which is entirely devoted to ice sports such as curling, skating and ice hockey. Some unmissable sights include the characteristic chalets on the Rue du Village, with their tapered roofs and quaint nooks and crannies; the Barmaz Plateau, a remarkable area for wildlife and nature, featuring a charming oratory; the Galerie Défago, partly sculpted out of the rock and following a natural cliff decorated with great tufts of Alpine plants; and the church steeple which is topped not with a roof or a spire, but with a balustrade supported on four stone arches. Champéry is just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed! As well as experiencing the characteristic life and incomparable charm of a Valais village, you will meet warm, enthusiastic and friendly people.

Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8

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