In 2010, the first finish of the Tour in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne was a rather emotional one, especially for Sandy Casar, who slipped into an early breakaway and proved smartest in the final moments. Five years later, Romain Bardet had already gotten rid of all his rivals on the climbs before taking his first Tour stage.
Before becoming a Mecca of skiing and winter leisures, Tignes used to be a small high-mountain village that was flooded due to the construction of a dam in 1952. The resort was created in 1956 and started developing before hosting the free-style skiing events of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Guerlain Chicherit, a multiple-time extreme skiing world champion and off-road rally driver (5th in the 2010 Dakar Rally) is one of Tignes’ sporting ambassadors, just like former snowboard world champion Nicolas Huet.