2022 Tour de France

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Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
Stage town for the 6th time

Population: 19,800 (Albertvillois, Albertvilloises), 62,284 inhabitants for the Arlysère agglomeration community (39 communes)
Specialities: diots (sausages), polenta. Region of Beaufort cheese, Tome des Bauges, Savoy wines (white & red) from the vineyards of Albertville.
Personalities: Alain Bar (engraver), Nicola Folmer (jazz musician), Rémi Deval (comic artist), Jean Moulin (sub-prefect of Albertville from 1925 to 1930, Resistance fighter), Michel Barnier (co-president of the 1992 Olympic Games, former minister and former European Commissioner), Jospeh Fontanet (former minister), Paul Guiguet (cyclist), Marc Vinco (mountain biking), Joseph Carletti, Michel Bibollet, Patrick Pecchio (cyclists), Gilles Burgat (world trial motorbike champion), Julien Lizeroux (skiing), Jérémy Masson (short track)
Sport: 40 sports associations (7,500 members). Events : Winter Olympic Games in 1992, La Sapaudia (Albertville-Monaco solidarity bike ride), White festival (indoor freestyle show).
Culture: Alpine Garden Festival (May), Bicycle Festival (June), International Military Music Festival (July, 41st edition), Albertville Jazz Festival (July), Conflans Medieval Festival, Le Grand Bivouac (travel, October), Snow and Ice (November).
Economy: administrative town, a future ZAC (concerted development zone) will complete the Olympic Park in order to see the establishment of companies linked to sports activities. Sectors of activity: cleaning, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, masonry, etc. Ugine steelworks (1,500 employees).
Labels: towns and countries of art and history / tourist bicycle town (awarded by the FFCT) / 3-flower town in bloom / "vineyards and discoveries" label / Le Dome, Italian-style theatre with the "Conventional stage for dance" and "Rhône Alpes stage" labels.
Websites / FB / Twitter: www.albertville.frwww.albertville.comwww.albertville.fr / 
www.arlysere.fr / www.pays-alvertville.com / www.facebook.com/Albertville.fr / Albertville_fr / www.savoie.frwww.savoie-mont-blanc.comfacebook.com/savoiemontblancFR / @SavoieMontBlanc

Vue panoramique © Ville d'Albertville/K.Ribémont
Place de l'Europe © Ville d'Albertville
Hôtel de Ville © Ville d'Albertville
Les bords de l'Arly © Ville d'Albertville

ALBERTVILLE TODAY

 

Olympic city

Albertville is located at the crossroads of valleys and on one of the largest ski areas in the world (Pays du Mont-Blanc and Tarentaise). Close to Annecy, Chambéry, Grenoble and Lyon and at the centre of some of the richest nature reserves in Europe (Vanoise and Grand Paradis national parks, Massif des Bauges regional nature park), it has made a sustained effort to promote sporting activities and top-level sportsmen and women, which gives it a dynamic image where companies specialising in mountain sports can naturally set up.
The Olympic city has developed its mountain jobs campus, which aims to host professional training organisations on its territory and thus become a real learning city. The aim of the Mountain Professions Campus is to provide training organisations with the best possible reception conditions, in particular by making available equipped training rooms and facilitating access to accommodation, catering and entertainment to guarantee quality sessions. The Olympiade will soon welcome all those who want to train in Albertville. Located near the Olympic Hall and the National Ski and Snowboard Centre, the campus is also located next to the cult site of the 1992 Winter Olympics, the Olympic Park, which has been completely redeveloped to accommodate tourism, sports and leisure activities and culture.

Albertville vue panoramique © Pierre Morel

ALBERTVILLE AND CYCLING

 

For a long time, Tour riders were content to cross Albertville to reach the Tarentaise or Beaufort valleys, but recently, they have been making regular stops here since this will be the peloton's fifth visit in less than ten years. The first two have allowed Frenchmen to shine. In 2012, Pierre Rolland took advantage of the dynamic format of the stage to win in La Toussuire-Les Sybelles. In 2016, Romain Bardet pulled off a coup on the approach to Saint-Gervais to win the stage and take second place overall. In 2018, it was at La Rosière that Geraint Thomas took the Yellow Jersey and never let it go. Finally, in 2019, Vincenzo Nibali had avenged a failed Tour by winning a short stage to Val Thorens, shortened by 70 km due to bad weather. Egan Bernal had, that day, definitively consolidated his Yellow Jersey. The Olympic city suits the Colombian, who had won the Tour de l'Avenir in 2017 by winning the stage Albertville-Sainte-Foy. That same year, Albertville was on the route of the Critérium du Dauphiné and saw Jakob Fuglsang's victory on the plateau de Solaison.

Pierre Rolland vainqueur de l'étape 11 Albertville/La Toussuire les Sybelles © PRESSE SPORTS

SIGHTS

 

Medieval town of Conflans
The district is home to restaurants and craft shops as well as the Maison Rouge (1397), a listed building and home to the Albertville Museum of Art and History and the Savoyard Heritage Museum dedicated to Baroque art, the Saracen Tower (11th century), the Baroque church of St Graat (1701) with its listed pulpit and altarpiece, the Manuel de Locatel castle and the Château Rouge.

The Museum of Art and History
The Museum of Art and History, which has been awarded the "Musées de France" label, is nestled in the Maison Rouge, which is classified as a Historical Monument. It houses collections of Savoy heritage: from Gallo-Roman remains to the beginning of winter sports, not forgetting a space specially dedicated to the history of Albertville.

The Henry Dujol Olympic Park
A witness to Albertville's Olympic past, it houses the Olympic hall, which was enlarged and renovated in 2015. Its climbing wall, one of the highest in Europe, is just like the new hall: welcoming and flexible. Numerous trade fairs and events take place here, as well as many international sporting and cultural events.

The city centre
Between the esplanade of the town hall and the emblematic Place de l'Europe where the statue of Peace stands, the Dôme theatre (one of the most beautiful modern theatres with 750 seats) as well as the House of the Olympic Games give pride of place to culture.

National Centre for French Ski Teams
It was delivered by the city in the spring of 2016 to the French Ski Federation: it is a complete sports complex of 3,260 m² on three levels, in which athletes can to train in optimal conditions (apparatus and acrobatic rooms, recovery and cryotherapy rooms, weight training, cardio-training, stretching, athletics track...)

La cité médièvale de Conflans © Ville d'Albertville
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire © Ville d'Albertville
Halle Olympique © Ville d'Albertville
Le centre ville © Ville d'Albertville

TO EAT:

Croziflette
Everyone knows tartiflette, which warms up the stomach during the cold winter months in Haute-Savoie, but its variant, the croziflette, is also gaining new fans. As for the tartiflette, you need reblochon, ham or lardons, fresh cream and onions, but the potatoes are replaced by crozets, plain or with sarrazin, these square pastas which are an integral part of Savoy gastronomy.

Plat de croziflette © Creative Commons 3.0/Haguard Du Nord

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