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Stage 13 Preview

July 2, 2014
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FRIDAY, JULY 18TH – STAGE 13 – 197.5km

Saint-tienne / Chamrousse

Tour de France Says:

The course profile may suggest otherwise, but this is a real mountain stage which the favorites would be wrong not to take seriously! We packed all the difficulties into the last fifty kilometers, including a climb up the little-known Col de Palaquit towards the final hour of racing. With 14.1 km of fluctuating gradients, this will be anything but a joy ride. More than enough to spark an important selection ahead of the final climb up Chamrousse, an 18.2 km mountain with an average gradient of 7.3%.

Mountain passes & hills Saint-tienne / Chamrousse 197.5KM

  • Km 24.0 – Col de la Croix de Montvieux
    8 kilometer-long climb at 4.1% – category 3
  • Km 152.0 – Col de Palaquit (1 154 m) (D57-D512)
    14.1 kilometer-long climb at 6.1% – category 1
  • Km 197.5 – Mont‚e de Chamrousse (1 730 m)
    18.2 kilometer-long climb at 7.3% – category H

  • Intermediate sprint Saint-tienne / Chamrousse 197.5KM
  • Km 169.5 – SAINT-MARTIN-D’H?RES

Last km Saint-tienne / Chamrousse 197.5KM

Start: Saint-tienne

In spring time, the capital of Forez is a frequent host to Paris-Nice, a race that has stopped there 58 times. Generally featured in the first part of the ‘race to the sun’, Saint-Etienne has often witnessed bunched sprint finishes on the Cours Fauriel, won by several Tour Green Jersey winners including Rik Van Looy, Rudy Altig, Eddy Merckx, Franco Bitossi, Freddy Maertens, Sean Kelly or Eddy Planckaert. Recently in 2008 Kjell Carlstr”m became the first stage winner from Finland, while Sylvain Chavanel captured his first leader’s jersey there.

Stage town for the 25th time

Loire (42)

Population : 180,000 inhabitants (St‚phanois), 400,000 inhabitants in the 45 communes of the agglomeration community of Saint-tienne M‚tropole

Economy : Global headquarters of Casino, largest private company in the Rh“ne ? Alpes region

Culture : Com‚die de Saint-tienne (National dramatic centre, founded by Jean Dast‚ in 1947), Museum of the Mine, Museum of Art and Industry (weapons, cycles et ribbon collection). Festivals: Piano Passion, New Century, Massenet International Biennial, Celtic Rocks (music and dance)

Sport : athletics (club Coquelicot 42), tir … la sarbacane (blowpipe) (regional discipline with about 350 enthusiasts), water sports at Saint-Victor-sur-Loire (sailing school, marina, boat cruises), hiking, mountain biking, skiing and via ferrata (climbing route) in the Regional Nature Park of Pilat. Events: Saint‚Lyon (foot race largely at night between the two towns), BMX Indoor international

Specialities : apples and blueberries from Pilat, ribbonry and medical textiles

Sustainable Development : the oldest tramway in France, created in 1881

Labels : City of Art and History for its industrial heritage from the XIX and XX centuries, UNESCO City of design, Child Friendly Town

Finish: Chamrousse

While the resort has already welcomed the Tour for the finish of a time-trial in 2001, it is also often visited by the skiing champions from the Grenoble area. Marion Josserand, bronze medallist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in Skicross often trains in Chamrousse. Situated in the Vizille Canton, the common reminds us of a former Tour Polka Dot Jersey winner, Thierry Claveyrolat, also known as the ‘Vizille Eagle’.

Stage town for the 2nd time

Commune of IsŠre (38). Mountain resort

Population : 460 inhabitants (Chamroussiens), 97,500 inhabitants in the 47 communes of the Gr‚sivaudan Community of Communes

Altitude : 1,400 metres ? 2,250 metres, 360ø panorama with a view over Vercors, Chartreuse, Oisans and gateway to the Belledonne Massif

Economy : international tourism in winter and summer (50 businesses: restaurants, sports shops, services) 12,000 beds (3 hotels, 5 tourist residences, bed and breakfasts)

Culture : site of the Grenoble Olympic Games in 1968. Events : Festival Chamrousse en Piste, the first and only mountain street festival (5th edition, 2-4 August), oldest lumberjack competition (61st edition, 9-10 August)

Sport : in winter, 350 hectares for alpine skiing, 17 ski lifts, huge space for new snow, 40 km of pistes, snowshoeing, ice diving, snowmobiling, dog sledding. In summer, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, ropes course, paragliding. Event : Chamrousse hill climb, stage in the French mountain car championships

Sustainable Development : several protected natural zones (Biotope and Natura 2000


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