Thursday July 12th, 2012

Stage 11Albertville / La Toussuire - Les Sybelles

Start 13h20 GMT 2+

Rolland wins while Wiggins increases his lead

If there was any lingering doubt about the strength of the Sky team, then wonder no more: the British outfit is the dominant force in the 99th Tour de France. The stage to La Tourssuire might have been won by a Frenchman - with Pierre Rolland pulling off another tremendous climbing coup to go alongside his triumph at Alpe d'Huez from the 2011 Tour - but Great Britain is in complete command of the general classification. Wiggins increased his advantage over last year's champion, Cadel Evans, after the Australian suffered a little crisis on the final climb and had to be nursed home by the...

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The stage in pictures

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Tourist attractions

Albertville

In the heart of the Alps, Albertville is situated in the Combe de Savoie on the verge of the Tarentaise, Beaufortain and the Val d'Arly, that gave it its nickname of the Crossroads of the four valleys. With its medieval city of Conflans, it is graced with a double label of Town of Art and History and Cycling Tourism Town which allows it to bridge the gap between heritage and sporting activities. So, don't hesitate in visiting the town centre, bustling with its shops and welcoming sunlit terraces. Take a break in the Olympic Park and 20 years later, relive the emotion of the 1992 Winter Olympics at the foot of the mast made famous by Philippe Decoufle, the producer of the opening ceremony. Visit the Sarrazine Tower, the Red House, the Saint-Grat church or the Manuel de Locatel Castle. Albertville also opens its doors onto lakes and the surrounding mountains and offers a large choice of walks on foot or on bike. The proximity of Lake Annecy, the Bauges Nature Park, Beaufortain and the Tarentaise makes it an ideal base for taking a break and catching your breath.

Place de l'Europe - copyright ville d'Albertville Medieval city of Conflans copyright ville d'Albertville
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Population: 19,400
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)Economy : Tourism, metallurgy (in Ugine), hydroelectricity, spa, food industry, commerce, transports.
Specialties : diots (sausages), Savoy cheese (beaufort), lamb, matouille (cheese specialty), fondue, taillerins (pasta).
Sport : alpine skiing, host of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Celebrities : Jean Moulin (leader of the French Resistance), Michel Barnier (European commissioner), Jean-Claude Killy.
Festivals : Grand Bivouac (travel, October), Musical encounters (July), International Military Music Festival (summer). 

La Toussuire - Les Sybelles

La Toussuire has a head that turns. Perched on its plateau of alpine pastures it offers a 360 degree panorama on the majestic Aguilles d'Arves, the mountain passes of the Croix de Fer and of Glandon and the eternal glaciers. La Toussuire is the birthplace of Jean-Pierre Vidal, slalom gold medallist at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and Gabriel Rivas, junior French champion and is the doorway to the domaine of Sybelles. In the winter, its 310 kilometres of pistes, that form the largest ski area in Maurienne, connects six resorts, Le Corbier, Les Bottieres, Saint-Colomban-des-Villards, Saint-Jean-d'Arves, Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves and La Toussuire, to which has just been added the two 45 kms of the neighbouring resorts, Albiez-le-Jeune and Albiez-Montrond. When summer returns, nature is more gentle: you can recharge your batteries in the sun, take in the pure water of the mountains, breathe in the fresh air, go mountain biking or walk on pedestrian trails. The climb towards La Toussuire and the surrounding passes make up one of the largest cycling areas in the world, the Maurienne Valley.

La Toussuire in summer - @ cliclacphoto La Toussuire in winter - @cliclacphoto
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Population: 550 in Fontcouverte and 2,500 for the Sybelles skiing domain.
Wintersports resort on the commune of Fontcouverte in Savoie (73)Economy : ski, tourism.
Specialties : lamb, matouille, rioute (pastry), Mont-Corbier (liquor), beaufort (cheese), crozets (pasta).
Celebrities : Jean-Pierre Vidal, jean-Noel Augert, Maurice Adrait (alpine skiing). 
Festival : Rencontre Toussuire Sports. 

Jersey wearers after the prologue

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