Stage cities

Annecy

4-time stage city
Préfecture of Haute-Savoie (74)
128 000 inhabitants

www.annecy.fr

Seventy years aftet the first Tour finish in Annecy, Alberto Contador captured, in 2009, the last of his three stages won on the event, proving to be the fastest on a time-trial loop around the lake. After honouring the shores celebrated by poet and author Lamartine, the course then headed in 2013 to the surrounding mountains that gives the lake its special charm. The finish at the top of the Semnoz allowed Nairo Quintana to claim his first success on the Tour on his way to conquering the polka-dot jersey and second spot oevrall.

Le Grand-Bornand

6-time stage city
Common of Haute-Savoie (74)
2 200 inhabitants

www.legrandbornand.com

The Savoie ski resort was also on the menu of the 100th edition. Rui Costa had claimed the third stage victory of his career, four years after Frank Schleck’s win there. The rider from Luxemburg had beaten Alberto Contador in 2009 under the caring eyes of his brother Andy. On the way, the peloton will discover the Plateau des Glières, a key place of the French resistance during the Second World War. In 2013, a young Julian Alaphilippe had claimed the final stage of the Tour de l’Avenir there.

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