Stage 14 Preview

SATURDAY, JULY 19TH – STAGE 14 – 177km

Grenoble / Risoul

Tour de France Says:

Two legendary peaks, the Lautaret and the Izoard, will spice things up before the summit finish in Risoul, which has already featured in the Tour de l’Avenir and the Crit‚rium du Dauphin‚. The idea we had in mind when designing the stage was putting the 19-kilometer Izoard as a springboard for a last hour of racing which will keep us on the edge of our seats… A coalition of attackers, why not? If the 2014 Froome is as strong as the 2013 Froome, we have to give his rivals the chance to look for chinks in his armor. This stage, the second and last one in the Alps, will provide ample opportunity for them to do just that.

Mountain passes & hills Grenoble / Risoul 177KM

  • Km 82.0 – Col du Lautaret (2 058 m)
    34 kilometer-long climb at 3.9% – category 1
  • Km 132.5 – Col d’Izoard (2 360 m) – Souvenir Henri Desgrange
    19 kilometer-long climb at 6% – category H
  • Km 177.0 – Mont‚e de Risoul (1 855 m)
    12.6 kilometer-long climb at 6.9% – category 1

Intermediate sprint Grenoble / Risoul 177KM


Last km Grenoble / Risoul 177KM

Start: Grenoble

The city is deeply linked to three pillars of the history of cycling. First of all because it is frequently on the map of the Tour de France since 1905. Grenoble also remains the last town in France to organise a prestigious Grenoble Four-Day race in its velodrome. Finally, it is almost systematically a host to the Criterium du Dauphin‚. For its last edition, in 2013, one of the Tour’s most exciting attackers, Thomas Voeckler, had triumphed there, just in front of the Stade des Alpes.

Stage town for the 40th time

IsŠre (38)

Population : 160,000 inhabitants (Grenoblois)

Economy : cradle of hydropower, cement and metallurgy. Industrial development in the 20th century has allowed it to become an international platform for innovation and research. In the early 2000s made a name for itself as the second French research centre. 62,000 students of which 42% in 2013 were specializing in sciences

Culture : The Bastille with cablecar access (80 years old in 2014), the Perret Tower, the fi rst reinforced concrete construction by the Perret brothers, several museums. Festivals : Cabaret Frapp‚, International Circus Festival, International Mountain Film Workshop, Printemps du Livre

Sport : FCG Rugby (Top 14), Les Br–leurs de Loups (ice hockey), the GF38 (football CFA). Events: Half-Marathon Grenoble-Vizille, Crit‚rium du Dauphin‚, 3 day cycle race.

Sustainable Development : 350 km of cycle routes, 2,000 m‚trov‚lo bikes to hire, 5 tram lines, electric cars from next autumn

Labels : 5@ city, second best city in Europe for people with reduced mobility, fi fth most innovative city in the world

Finish: Risoul

The Hautes-Alpes resort proved its value when crowning Christopher Froome during the Crit‚rium du Dauphin‚ 2013 and hosting the young guns of the 2010 Tour de l’Avenir. On two occasions, a normal stage and then an uphill time-trial, its verdict was to be the same with two victories for Nairo Quintana in front of Andrew Talansky, the winner and his runner-up of the youth classification at the last Tour de France.

Stage town for the 1st time

Commune of Hautes-Alpes (05)

Population : 650 inhabitants (Risoulins)

Altitude : 1,174 ? 1,850 metres

Economy : moutain and ski resort. Risoul forms, with Vars, the area of the white forest, skiiable area with 108 pistes and 56 ski lifts. Its fi nancial turnover puts it in second position in the Southern Alps and in sixth place nationally.

Culture : Saint-Nicolas et Sainte-Luce Church (XVI century), chapelle Saint-Claude, chapelle Saint-Jacques, chapelle Saint-S‚bastien, Rotonde du Plan de Phazy (sources of sulphur water known since antiquity), communal ovens (traditional bread ovens). Festivals: Festival of French song, Week of humour and springboard of laughter

Sport : skiing and snowboarding, Risoul Bike Club. Events : Risoul Queyras Cyclosportive, stage town in the Haute Route (cyclosportive between Nice and GenŠve through the Alpine cols), the Risould‚vale (25 km of non stop downhill skiing, mountain biking and canoe rafting)

Specialities : the Risoul apple (with a reputation for keeping its fl avour over several months), apple juice, milk and cheese products from the Chagne farm, Mali Vignon Pottery

Labels : Famille Plus, 2 flowers

Proverb : The most intimate of the great resorts