Thursday July 21st, 2016

Stage 18Sallanches / Megève

  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    The format isn't that frequent on the Tour but it fits in perfectly to the four-day Alpine sequence of the race.Before reaching Megève, the best climbers among the ‘rouleurs' or the best ‘rouleurs' among the climbers will find a terrain to express themselves on the tough Côte de Domancy and then in the Côte des Chozeaux.

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Sallanches

Born in the city, Coline Mattel distinguished herself at the Sotchi Olympic Games by capturing 3rd position of the women's ski jumping competition. Well before her leap, Bernard Hinault had triumphed in Sallanches when he conquered the World Championships in 1980 after having made the decision and powered away from his rivals on the Côte de Domancy. More recently, Edvald Boasson Hagen had also made the best of that part of the circuit before going on to win
the final stage of the 2010 Critérium du Dauphiné 2010.

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Bernard Hinault (© PresseSports) Collégiale Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, Sallanches (© Le Studio K)
Two-time stage city
Chef-lieu de canton of Haute-Savoie (74)
16,000 inhabitants

Megève

It'll be a first in one of the most famous skiing resorts in France and in the world.
It was in that context that Émile Allais, the pioneer of French alpine skiing grew and developed to become a four-time World champion between both wars. Almost as fast, Chris Boardman had claimed a prologue set in Megève to launch the 1996 Critérium du Dauphiné.

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Megève la nuit (© Thinkstock)
First time stage city
Skiing resort of Haute-Savoie (74)
3,500 inhabitants

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