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Profile Sallanches / Megève 17KM

Mountain passes & hills Sallanches / Megève 17KM

The Start:


Born in the city, Coline Mattel distinguished herself at the Sotchi Olympic Games by capturing 3rd position of the women’s ski jumping competition. Well before her leap, Bernard Hinault had triumphed in Sallanches when he conquered the World Championships in 1980 after having made the decision and powered away from his rivals on the Côte de Domancy. More recently, Edvald Boasson Hagen had also made the best of that part of the circuit before going on to win the final stage of the 2010 Critérium du Dauphiné 2010.

Stage town for the 3rd time
County town in a canton of Haute-Savoie (74)
16,700 inhabitants (Sallanchards)

Economy: Tourism (the city has a 360° panorama across three prestigious massifs: the Aravis, the Fiz chain and the Mont Blanc chain). Companies at the forefront of technology: skis (Dynastar), dental implants (Anthogyr and Euroteknika), aeronautical components

Culture: Collegiate Church of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur (17th century) and its Callinet organ, Château des Rubins (14th century, mountain nature centre), St-Martin bridge (18th century), grenette (19th century, former grain market), rural chapels. Festivals: Les Enfants d’Abord (children), Les petits asticots (entertainment for children), F’eStivales

Sport: Rugby club Faucigny Mont-Blanc, ski club Sallanches Tête Noire.

Events: Tacathlon (road bike, mountain bike, running), French Archery

Specialities: Farcement (grated potatoes, bacon and prunes), sallanchard (white chocolate and raspberry cake), rissoles (apple turnover), bugnes and merveilles (fritters), Glaçons du Mont Blanc (chocolate) Sustainable development: 5km of cycle paths, bike rental, implementation of project to enable hire of electric bikes within the municipality

Distinctions: Community committed to young people’s future, three-star floral town


The Finish:


It’ll be a first in one of the most famous skiing resorts in France and in the world.
It was in that context that Émile Allais, the pioneer of French alpine skiing grew and developed to become a four-time World champion between both wars. Almost as fast, Chris Boardman had claimed a prologue set in Megève to launch the 1996 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Ville-étape pour la 1re fois
Station de montagne de Haute Savoie (74)
3 500 habitants (Mégevans)

Economy: Luxury tourism (40,000 visitor beds), first-generation ski resort developed around an existing village that now boasts 400km of ski slopes (within the Evasion Mont Blanc and Les Portes du Mont-Blanc domains), 40km of Nordic trails, 50km of marked trails

Culture: The Magdelain Tower and the Priory Tower, fortified houses from the Middle Ages, Calvary road (19th century place of pilgrimage, 15 chapels and oratories depicting the stations of the Cross on the road into Jerusalem), Benedictine priory (12th century), Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste (the oldest parts date from the 13th century and the wooden door from the 17th century), chapels in hamlets (17th century), a keep known as the Tower of Demi-Quartier

Sport: Club des Sports de Megève (sporting association with 13 sections and 1,400 licensees), Hockey Club du Mont-Blanc (ice hockey, Division 1)

Specialities: Savoy cheeses (Reblochon, Beaufort, raclette, tomme de Savoie), artisan cured meats, Glaçons et flocons de Megève (chocolate)

Sustainable development: Megève Tourism (the first tourism office in Europe to obtain the ISO 14001 environmental management standard)

Distinctions: Famille Plus green resort award, Best of the Alps

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