Back in the 2000s, four stages of the Tour started from the city where top triathletes gather every year for the Embrunman. A different scenario unfolded every time, leading to victories by Simon Gerrans in Prato Nevoso (2008), Carlos Sastre on the Alpe d’Huez (2008), Christopher Froome in a time trial in Chorges (2013) and, finally, Edvald Boasson Hagen in Salon-de-Provence in 2017.
It was in the resort of Valloire that two-time slalom world champion Jean-Baptiste Grange became one the best alpine skiers of his generation. Well before his birth, in 1972, the only stage finish of the Tour held in the municipality saw yellow jersey Eddy Merckx claim victory in a half-stage during which Luis Ocaña, suffering from his lungs, lost buckets of time. The road to the Belgian champion’s fourth title was clear.