Four previous stages
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
Population: 19,714, 62,284 in for the Arlysère agglomeration community (39 municipalities)
Personalities: Paul Guiguet (cyclist), Marc Vinco (mountain biker), Joseph Carletti, Michel Bibollet, Patrick Pecchio (cyclists), Gilles Burgat (motorcycle trial world champion), Julien Lizeroux (ski), Jérémy Masson (short track), Alain Bar (engraver), Nicola Folmer (jazz musician), Remi Deval (comic artist), Jean Moulin, subprefect of Albertville from 1925 to 1930, Michel Barnier (co-president of the 1992 Olympic Games, former minister and former European commissioner), Joseph Fontanet (former Minister)
Specialties: diots (sausages), polenta. Beaufort cheese region, Bauges tome, Savoy wines from Albertville vines (white & red).
Culture: The DOME, major cultural centre built in 1991 for the cultural programming of the Olympics (contemporary Italian theatre of 650 places). De Maîstre Theatre created in 1913 (436 seats). Pierre du Roy hall created in 1976 (1,000 people). Festivals: Alpine Garden Festival (May), Bike Festival (June), International Festival of Military Music (July, 41st edition), Albertville Jazz Festival (July). Medievales in Conflans. Grand Bivouac (travel festival, October). Snow and Ice (November).
Sport: 40 sports associations (7,500 members). Events: Sapaudia (Albertville-Monaco solidarity cycling tour), White festival (indoor freestyle, November).
Economy: administrative city (a courthouse, finance hotel, hospita, etc.). Business sectors: cleaning, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, masonry ... UGINE steelworks world leader in long products in stainless steel Ugitech (1,500 employees). Seasonality Forum.
Labels: cities and countries of art and history - tourist bike city (issued by the FFCT) - 3 flowers - committed to the farmhouse and the label "vineyards and discoveries"
France Ski Centre: sporting and academic success
The Jean Moulin high school in Albertville is home to the high-level ski sections national centre (SSHN). This structure allows students to take part in high-level sports training, participate in international competitions and continue their studies.
Because of the high demands of the alpine skiing calendar, the 70 or so students from the section go back to school in the month of July until the end of November and do not return to classes in Albertville until April, after the competition season.
During their presence at Jean Moulin High School, students spend six hours in classrooms and three to four hours in physical preparation each day, alternating between study days and ski training.
During the competition phases, studies do not stop. Skiers have to do their homework and have been equipped with Ipads to keep in touch with their teachers. And it works in both aspects, as 100 pc of students passed their baccalaureat in the last eight years. The greatest French champions have studied at Jean Moulin high school: Alexis Pinturault, Tessa Worley, Clement Noel to name only the most recent.
For a long time, Tour riders would just cross Albertville to access the valleys of the Tarentaise or Beaufortain, but recently they stopped here regularly since it will be the third visit of the pack in four years. The first two allowed the French to shine. In 2012, Pierre Rolland took advantage of the dynamic format of the stage to win at La Toussuire-Les Sybelles. In 2016, Romain Bardet staged a show of strength in the finale to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to grab the stage and the second place in the overall standings. Finally, last year, it was in La Rosière that Geraint Thomas seized the yellow jersey that he kept all the way to Paris.
Between the Town Hall esplanade and the emblematic Place de l'Europe and it statue of peace, the Dome theatre and the House of the Olympics are dedicated to culture.
A testimony to the Olympic past of Albertville, it houses the Olympic hall, enlarged and renovated in 2015. Its climbing wall, one of the highest in Europe reflects the new hall: welcoming and adaptable. Many congresses and fairs are taking place in the new venue as well as sporting and cultural events.
French Ski Teams National Centre
Completed in 2016, it is a comprehensive 3,260 m2 sports compound on three levels, in which athletes can train in optimal conditions (gyms, recuperation halls, cryotherapy, bodybuilding, cardio-training, stretching, running track…)
Everybody knows tartiflette, the perfect dish to warm up the body and fill the stomach after the hardships of skiing in Haute-Savoie but a recipe inspired by it, croziflette, is gaining ground. Like for tartiflette, you need reblochon, ham and bacon, dairy cream and onions, but potatoes are replaced by crozets, local square pasta which are a must of Savoy cuisine. To be grated and served hot!