For the second time in four days, Rui Costa has won a stage of the Tour de France by attacking the final climb, opening a good gap on his rivals and holding them all off with a speedy descent. The Portuguese rider won in Gap by flying up and over the col de Manse and on the road to Le Grand Bornand, he did the same. The launch pad that he used this time was the col de la Croix Fry and he was never challenged even though the riders in second and third were both from the RadioShack-Leopard team. Andreas Kloden finished second after a tussle with the yellow jersey in the 2004 edition and he...Read more Key moments
The stage in videos
- Image of the day
- Beauty shot
- Magazine 100% Tour / La technique de descente
- The towns 2013 : visit Le Grand-Bornand
- The towns 2013 : visit Bourg-d'Oisans
- Analysis of the stage
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.
Chef-lieu de canton de l'Isère (38)
Specialities: gratin dauphinois, crozets (pasta), farcis, ganèfles, Villard Reculas goat cheese, myrtle pie, genepi (spirit).
Sport: skiing, cycling, frisbee
Celebrities: Fabienne Serrat, Gauthier de Teissieres, Sandrine Aubert (skiers), Isabelle Blanc (snowboard)
Festivals: Chainsaw sculpting French championship (May), Mountain Images Meeting (June), Vertigo Week (July), Magic'Altitude (August), Bourg d'Oisans Fair (September)
Labels: Green resort, ville fleurie (2)
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.
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Village resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
Specialities: reblochon; tome (cheese), sausage, matafan (bun), rissoles (apple pie), bescoins (anis bread), tartiflette.
Economy: tourism, winter sports, breeding.
Celebrities: Tessa Worley (skier), Robby Darragon, Sylvie Becaert, Christophe Perrillat (Nordic skiing Olympic medallists).
Sport: Military World Games (biathlon), Bornandine (Nordic skiing), La Grand Bo (Gran Fondo), Biathlon Workd Cup. Ski Club. Cycling club. Aravis golf course.
Festivals: Au bonheur des mômes (August).
Labels: Station verte (green resort).village fleuri (2)
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