Seventy years aftet the first Tour finish in Annecy, Alberto Contador captured, in 2009, the last of his three stages won on the event, proving to be the fastest on a time-trial loop around the lake. After honouring those shores, the course then headed in 2013 to the surrounding mountains that gives the lake its special charm. The finish at the top of the Semnoz allowed Nairo Quintana to claim his first success on the Tour on his way to conquering the polka-dot jersey and second spot oevrall.

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