The Tour used to go through Albertville to reach the Tarentaise and Beaufortain valleys, but over the last few years it has started to stop here regularly. The last few starts from the Olympic city will bring back fond memories to Pierre Rolland, who won the stage to La Toussuire – Les Sybelles in 2012, and Romain Bardet, who claimed the stage to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc in 2016. Last year, Geraint Thomas seized the yellow jersey on the roads from Albertville to La Rosière Espace San Bernard and took it all the way to Paris.
Before being chosen the best alpine skiing destination in the world in 2013 and 2014, Val Thorens had already distinguished itself in 1994 as one of the highest summit finishes in the history of the Tour and Colombian Nelson “Cacaíto” Rodríguez claimed his only stage win. Snowboarder Chloé Trespeuch also grew up here.