UNVEILING OF THE ROUTES FOR 2023

The unveiling of the routes for the 2023 Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will take place on Thursday 27th October from 11.30 (UTC+2) at the Palais des Congrès convention centre in Paris.

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Stage town for the 31st time
Mountain resort in Isère (38)
Population:
1,400 (Huizats) and 10,750 for the 19 communes of the Oisans Community of Communes
Personalities:
Désiré Lacroix (former world ski champion), Ophélie David (7 times world champion in Skicross), Laure Péquegnot (silver medallist in the slalom at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002), Isabelle Blanc (gold medallist in the parallel giant at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002), Gaëtan Llorach (Alpine skiing), Gauthier de Tessieres : World Super G vice-champion in 2013 (Alpine skiing), Fabienne Serrat World Giant Champion in 1974 (Alpine skiing), Jennifer Piot (Downhill and Super G), Cyrille Neveu (World and French Triathlon Champion 2002).
Specialities:
caillette: meat pâté (pork throat and liver, chard leaf, mushroom, spice, crépine). Farcis de l'Oisans (leek ball, cabbage, potato, egg, bread, cooked in a broth). Gratin dauphinois. Ganèfles (gratin made from grated potatoes). Oreilles d'âne (stuffed with spinach or meat). Cuisine triée (mountain recipe: ham, potatoes, dried coconut beans, barley, grated cheese), crozets (potato gnocchi). Digestives: Chartreuse, Génépi.
Sport:
27 sports associations, a mountain bike area with 280 km of tracks (36 cross-country tracks, enduro, downhill), 265 km of marked hiking routes, etc. Events:
Ski Open Coq d'or (slalom, 2,500 young people aged 8 to 12), Sarenne snowbike (downhill mountain biking), Coupe de la Fédération (slalom), Cristaux de l'Oisans (800 children from ski schools), Alpe d'HuZes (Dutch charity operation for the fight against cancer, 5,000 cyclists and walkers), Pandathlon (multisports orienteering race, cultural, fun), Look Marmotte Granfondo Alpes (cyclosportive), La Grimpée Look Alpe d'Huez (cyclo-sportive Bourg d'Oisans /Alpe d'Huez), Mégalavalanche (longest mountain bike descent in the world, 32 km), l'Alpe d'Huez Triathlon (3,000 participants), Alpe d'Huez 21 (pedestrian race on the entire climb).
Economy:
tourism. Ski area linked with the resorts of Vaujany, Oz-en-Oisans, Villard-Reculas, Auris-en- Oisans: 250 km of runs, 70 ski lifts. Summer: mountain bike trails on most of the slopes and ski lifts also accessible to pedestrians.
Festivals:
Alpe d'Huez International Comedy Film Festival (25th edition, January), Comic Book Festival with children's workshops (April), Ste Anne - Village Festival (July), Route 21 (Harley Davidson rally, July), Medieval Festival (reconstruction of a medieval village), Tomorrowland Winter (electronic music).
Slogan / Nickname:
A mountain of emotions / The island in the sun
Labels:
Famille Plus / Station fleurie (2) / Trophy for green initiatives-France Montagne / Elected best ski resort in Europe in 2020 / Cyclos welcome / E-bike service.
Websites / FB / Twitter / Insta:
www.alpedhuez.com / www.oisans.com / www.ccoisans.fr / www.isere.fr / www.isere-tourisme.com / www.facebook.com/alpehuez / https://fr-fr.facebook.com/OisansTourisme/ / https://www.facebook.com/alpesishere/ / https://www.facebook.com/IsereAttractivite/ / https://twitter.com/alpedhuez / https://twitter.com/cdisere / https://twitter.com/alpes_ishere/status/1222896783975518208 / https://twitter.com/oisanst?lang=fr / https://www.instagram.com/alpedhuez/?hl=fr / https://www.instagram.com/oisanstourisme/?hl=fr / https://www.instagram.com/isere.le.departement/?hl=fr / https://www.instagram.com/alpesishere

Stunning winter sunset landscape and ski resort with typical alpine wooden houses in French Alps,Alpe D Huez,France,Europe © Getty/Janoka82
The famous hairpin curves of Alpe d'Huez - Tour de France © Getty/kartouchken
Cable Car in Alpe d'Huez, French Alps, France © Getty/CreativeNature_nl

L'ALPE D'HUEZ TODAY

25 candles for the Alpe d'Huez Festival

The Alpe d'Huez Festival is the only film festival in Europe with "comedy" as its theme. Popular in the best sense of the word, the Alpe d'Huez Festival has become a real reference for the discovery and promotion of numerous comedies and box-office successes such as Bienvenue chez les Chtis (Welcome to the Chicks), Juno, La Première étoile (The First Star), Tout ce qui brille (All that glitters), L'Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker), Starbuck, La Cage dorée (The Gilded Cage), Babysitting or Papa ou Maman (Daddy or Mommy).
Each year, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the famous Isère resort invests in this event and carries the colours of comedy high.
It has become an important professional meeting place, and the press, film professionals and partners like to meet there for the first cultural event of the year (3rd week in January). The general public has an equally important role to play, with more than 15,000 admissions during the last few editions and a constantly increasing attendance. Comedy, often snubbed and not honoured, is nevertheless the most popular and unifying film genre. This is why the festival has insisted that all screenings are free.
In 25 years, the Alpe d'Huez Festival has developed a reputation that places it in the Top 5 of the biggest film events in France. The 2022 Grand Prize was awarded to Irréductible by Jérôme Commandeur, starring Gérard Darmon and Valérie Lemercier.


L’ALPE D'HUEZ AND CYCLING

In 1952, Fausto Coppi successfully inaugurated the 21-lap road. The repeated victories by Zoetemelk, Kuiper and Winnen later earned it the nickname of "mountain of the Dutch" before the Italians once again distinguished themselves with Gianni Bugno and then Marco Pantani. On the French side, Bernard Hinault was the first to win here in 1986. In 2011, Pierre Rolland took over and, in 2013, the blue-white-red colour was again in the spotlight with Christophe Riblon. The series continued in 2015 with the victory of Thibaut Pinot. In terms of stage victories, the Netherlands still lead the way with eight wins compared to seven for the Italians, four for the French and three for the Spanish.
In 2013, for its centenary, the Tour de France had the luxury of climbing the Alpe d'Huez twice. In 2018, Geraint Thomas built on his final victory in Paris by becoming the first Briton to win at the top.
However, the first finish in the resort, in 1952, did not convince the organisers, who did not return until 1976. Perhaps Fausto Coppi had something to do with it. He showed such ease that the organisers must have thought that the dreaded climb was too easy. This is what Max Favalelli, special envoy to the event, humorously recounted: "If you had been on the steep slopes leading to Alpe d'Huez on Friday and had seen Coppi go by, upright on his bike, hands on top of the handlebars, you might have said to yourself: 'Oh, but I've been told tales, the road is perfectly flat!”

Pierre Roland © Pressesports/Bernard Papon
Fausto Coppi © Pressesports

SIGHTS

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Church
Foundation: built in the 20th century (1969).
Style: contemporary.
Characteristics: it is famous for its original tent-like architecture and its stained-glass windows painted by Isère artist Arcabas. Legend has it that Dutch priest Reuten used to ring the bell every time one of his compatriots won the Alpe d'Huez. The bells actually ring at each finish.
History: financed by donations from parishioners and numerous benefactors, the church was built with simple materials (concrete for the circular frame, copper for the roof, glued laminated wood for the framework, translucent glass for the dome).

Pic Blanc
The undeniable highlight of the domain, the 360-degree panorama of the Pic Blanc, culminating at an altitude of 3,330 metres, is rated 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide. It offers a breathtaking view of one fifth of France: Mont Ventoux, Taillefer, Belledonne, Chartreuse, Meije, Muzelle, Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles d'Arves.

Archaeological site of Brandes
Foundation: site of a mining village.
Altitude: 1,800 m above sea level.
History: on this site, man exploited silver-bearing galena from the 12th to the 14th century before abandoning it after the flooding of the galleries in 1330. The mine was exploited on behalf of the Dauphines of the Viennois. Its re venue helped finance the collegiate church of Saint-André de Grenoble in 1228 by Andrew, Dauphin of Burgundy. At the end of the 19th century, a small oratory was built on the remains of the church.
Characteristics: it was at the very beginning of the 12th century that silver seekers moved into the site of Brandes, the highest medieval village in Europe. For more than two centuries, men exploited a rich deposit of silver lead probably linked to the Dauphin's monetary workshop. Mining took place at an altitude of between 1,750 m and 2,800 m. The ore was mined by fire and chisel, both in the open air and in galleries. The remains provide a picture of an original society organised around a fortification, a church surrounded by a necropolis, a large settlement and mining galleries.
Listing: Historical Monument in 1995.

Museum of Huez and Oisans
Labelled Musée de France, it presents an exhibition on the archaeological site of Brandes with a new scenography. An exhibition dedicated to the Maquis of Oisans is also on display, to which has been added since December 2014 the new exhibition "There's going to be sport!" which allows visitors to discover the birth of Alpe d'Huez as a sports resort and to revisit the epic of the 1968 Winter Olympics, the bobsleigh events... There are also snippets of the Tour de France and other various themes that have contributed to the creation of the Alpe d'Huez identity.

© Creative Commons 4.0/Isere-culture
© Alpe d'Huez Tourisme/Laurent Salino
Site minier des Brandes © Creative Commons 3.0/Édouard Hue
Église Notre-Dame-des-Neiges © Creative Commons 2.0/jyhem

TO EAT

Farcis de l'Oisans

Another good mountain recipe, originating from the Oisans. It consists of making dumplings with grated raw potatoes, bread soaked in milk, small lardons, minced leeks and cabbage, chives, parsley and eggs. These dumplings, bound with flour, are cooked in a broth in which potatoes and petit salé (or diots) are also cooked. Once cooked, the stuffed meatballs rise. They are ready.

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