The peloton generally goes through Bourg d’Oisans before taking on the climb to l’Alpe d’Huez. The common of Isère was also the start of many historical mountain stages, including the first time it hosted the Tour in 1952 when Fausto Coppi triumphed in style on the way to Sestriere. The Tour has left Bourg d’Oisans to head west five times, the most often to go to Saint-Etienne. Marcus Burghardt was the last winner on that itinerary, back in 2008
The first finish of a Tour stage in Valence occurred in 1996 with victory going to José Jaime “Chepe” Gonzalez who put Colombia back in the spotlights after years of struggling since the end of the Herrera-Parra generation. In 2015, André Greipel triumphed there, finishing off a scenario that normally occurs in the Rhone Valley: the neighboring cities of Bourg-lès-Valence and Romans-sur-Isère have indeed witnessed the sprint victories of Mark Cavendish in 2010 and Michael Matthews in 2017.
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