The Tour often went through Albertville before heading the Tarentaise and Beaufortain valleys before regularly stopping there these last few years. The last starts held in the Olympic city will remind good memories to Pierre Rolland, future winner at La Toussuire Les Sybelles in 2012 and Romain Bardet who, in 2016, would go on to win in Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc. More recently, it was on the course going from Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo that, last year, Geraint Thomas would conquer the Yellow Jersey never to give it up until Paris.
Before being honoured in 2013 and 2014 as the best alpine skiing destination in the world, Val Thorens already distinguished itself in 1994 as being one of the highest finishing sites in the history of the Tour. On that day, Colombian Nelson “Cacaito” Rodriguez claimed his only stage win. The resort was also the place where snowboarder Chloé Trespeuch grew up.
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