In front of the ski jumping stadium of Courchevel, Mikel Nieve has saved the honor for Team Sky in a bad day for Chris Froome as he lost all his hopes to come back into the lead. But in another eventful stage in the mountains, it was Andrew Talansky who dethroned Alberto Contador and went for an epic ride to win the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné. For the defeated Spaniard, this race is however a springboard to the Tour de France.
CDD 2014 - Etape 8 - Megève - Courchevel - 15/06/2014 - Le podium général final - Vainqueur du classement général final Andrew TALANSKY (GRS) à l'arrivée © / B.Papon
Megève is authentic, unique and timeless. Built around a mediaeval burgh dating from the 14th century, the village of Megève has retained its authenticity over the centuries and has forged a unique reputation in the French Alps. The cobbled pedestrian streets which surround the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, dating from the 14th century which became listed buildings in 1988, and the main square give this mountain village a unique atmosphere resembling no other. History, agriculture and tourism are intricately linked in Megève, which has gone from a humble village to the ambassador of mountain living. Every year Megève hosts a number of sports events within this natural setting, from the Edmond de Rothschild International Show Jumping competition to the Time Megève Mont Blanc to the MB Race, as well as many golf and snow golf competitions and this year, a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Courchevel is situated at the gateway to the Parc de la Vanoise. The five villages which make up Courchevel range from 1,100m to 2,000m in altitude and provide a wide range of destinations for visitors. Situated in the very heart of the world's biggest ski area, Les 3 Vallées, the area is incredibly diverse. Courchevel's reputation as a prestigious ski resort is based upon its high quality environment as well as the variety and quality of the leisure services it provides and the warm welcome which it extends to its visitors. Since the 1992 Olympic Games, the resort has continued to host major events, with the Women's Alpine Ski World Cup, the Grand Prix Summer Ski Jumping and the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix. Currently personified by Alexis Pinturault (Sotchi Olympic bronze medallist for the Giant Slalom), Courchevel attracts both professional and amateur athletes who come to the area to train. Courcheval is the place to be, both summer and winter, for mountain sports enthusiasts including fishers, hikers, mountain bikers, trail bikers, skiers and their families and friends;
Receive exclusive news about Critérium du Dauphiné