In the 2000s, four stages of the Tour were given from the city where every year the best triathletes gather for the Embrunman. Through different scenarios they were eventually won by Simon Gerrans in Prato Nevoso (2008), Carlos Sastre in L’Alpe d’Huez (2008), Christopher Froome on a time-trial in Chorges (2013) and finally Edvald Boasson Hagen in Salon-de-Provence after the last visit (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 common saw the victory of Yellow Jersey Eddy Merckx on a half-stage during which Luis Luis Ocaña, suffering from his lungs, carried on loosing time. There were less and less clouds on the horizon of a fourth title for the Belgian champion.

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