A day for the bold
"What was true in the Pyrenees is also true in the Alps: although the Tour de France is coming to its end, we wanted to offer bold riders the kind of terrain that will allow them to have an impact on the outcome. The first name that comes to me when I think of a rider of this type is Pierre Rolland: he loves the Alps and this run of consecutive cols, notably the Glandon and the Madeleine, seems likely to suit him. It remains to be seen if he will have any room for manoeuvre or if it will come down to a question of who is the strongest if the overall classification is very tight? I would like to see the former scenario. I don't like to think of us already knowing the name of the final winner on the summit of Alpe-d'Huez."
The towns / A sporting view
A peaceful haven nestled in the heart of a majestic backdrop, Bourg-d'Oisans is both a green resort situated 720 m above sea level, the gateway to the wild and unspoilt Écrins National Park, the largest and the highest of the seven national metropolitan parks, a window onto mountain culture and its natural heritage, an ideal base camp for fans of rock climbing, fishing and all other outdoor activities… But it is also a veritable paradise for cycling lovers who can indulge their passion and attack the legendary cols of the Tour de France. For this, they have a choice between 30 circuits with a timing system. Departure and arrival terminals equipped with an electronic chip are used to identify each cyclist and calculate his or her performance. Today, Bourg d'Oisans is without doubt a real capital of mountain biking thanks to the prestigious cols that surround it, le Lautaret, le Galibier, la Croix de Fer, le Glandon and of course the famous climb towards l'Alpe-d'Huez and its 21 bends.
Mountain passes & hills
- Km 33,5 - Col du Glandon21,6 kilometre-long climb at 5,1%
- Km 83,5 - Col de la Madeleine19,2 kilometre-long climb at 7,9%
- Km 143 - Col de Tamié8,6 kilometre-long climb at 6,2%
- Km 165 - Col de l’Épine6,1 kilometre-long climb at 7,6%
- Km 191,5 - Col de la Croix Fry11,3 kilometre-long climb at 7%
Between Lake Annecy and Mont Blanc, at the foot of the majestic Aravis range, Le Grand-Bornand has both the charm of an authentic Haut-Savoyard village and the buzz of a ski resort labelled TOTFA (Top of the French Alps), a mark of prestige that lists the 15 most beautiful resorts in the Alps. A popular destination in summer and winter, Le Grand-Bornand enjoys a rare environment, between its 400 age old chalets, the oldest of which dates from 1664, and its carefully maintained pastures by the 50 reblochon farms that make it the number one farming commune in Haute-Savoie. Known for its festival, Au Bonheur des Mômes, aimed specifically at children and for Glisse au Cœur, a charity event whose originality is to mix skiing with music concerts, Le Grand-Bornand also shines in the sporting arena. Thanks to its ski champions with, of course, head of the pack, Tessa Worley whose nickname is ‘la puce du Grand-Bornand' and who became, last winter, World Champion in giant slalom.
Jersey wearers after the stage 20
Corporate social responsibility
Since it was founded, Amaury Sport Organisation has been involved in various sponsorship and philanthropy activities. It is the generosity of sport that can be found in a certain number of initiatives aiming to invest in the workings of the disciplines themselves (sponsorship of the French Federation of Cycling), in a humanitarian and social framework, (Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, Actions Dakar, Un Techo Para Mi Pais) or in the environmental sphere (Madre De Dios, selective sorting, etc.). Read more
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