Tour de France Stage 19 Preview

FRIDAY, JULY 22ND – STAGE 19 – 146km

Profile Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146KM

Mountain passes & hills Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146KM

  • Km 42.5 – Col de la Forclaz de Montmin (1 157 m)9.8 kilometre-long climb at 6.9% – category 1
  • Km 73.5 – Col de la Forclaz de Queige (870 m)5.6 kilometre-long climb at 7.8% – category 2
  • Km 96.5 – Montée de Bisanne (1 723 m)12.4 kilometre-long climb at 8.2% – category H
  • Km 146.0 – Le Bettex (1 372 m)9.8 kilometre-long climb at 8% – category 1

Intermediate sprint Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146KM

  • Km 25.5 – DOUSSARD

Last km Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146KM


The Start:


The Tour has often gone through Albertville to access the Tarentaise and Beaufortain valleys but it rarely stopped there. The riders had more opportunities to discover the Olympic city during the Critérium du Dauphiné, including last year for the opening stage of the 2015 edition won by Peter Kennaugh. On the Tour, the last start from Albertville was given in 2012 for a short stage heading to La Toussuire and conquered in style by Pierre Rolland.

Stage town for the 3rd time
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
19,900 inhabitants (Albertvillois)

Economy: Host city of the 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville lies at the centre of a natural sporting tourism area. It is home to many businesses linked to planning and development in the mountains

Culture: La Maison Rouge (14th century) and its museum of art and history, Château de Manuel de
Locatel (16th century), the Sarrazine Tower (11th century) in the medieval town of Conflans. House of the Olympics, Museum of Sport and Culture, theatre. Festivals: Albertville Jazz Festival, Military and World Music Festival, Le Grand Bivouac (travel film festival)

Sport: Olympic arena (skating rink, tennis, climbing wall), Henry Dujol Olympic Park (athletics, football, rugby, baseball, archery…), gyms (handball, basketball, tennis, boxing), National Skiing Centre.

Events: French Gymnastics Championships, Mountain Bike and Trials World Cup, Kickboxing World Cup, national horse show
Specialities: Cheese (Beaufort and Tome des Bauges), Savoy wines. Manufacture of high-end skis

Sustainable development: 20km of cycle paths, public transport, development of electric bikes

Distinctions: City of art and history, tourist cycling city, three-star floral city


The Finish:

Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc

The Tour stopped for the first time in Saint-Gervais in 1990 when regretted Thierry Claveyrolat had won after a long solo effort of over 70 kilometres. Ronan Pensec would be the other beneficiary of that stage as he conquered the Yellow Jersey on his 27th birthday. More recently, Christopher Froome captured a fine success in Saint-Gervais on the occasion of the 2015 Critérium du Dauphiné which would open the doors to final victory… before another triumph in July.

Stage town for the 3rd time
Spa and mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
5,800 inhabitants (Saint-Gervolains)

Economy: 2 ski domains (Évasion Mont Blanc and Les Houches-Saint-Gervais for a total of 500km of ski slopes), 25,000 visitor beds, hydrotherapy (skin or respiratory conditions)

Culture: Baroque church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce (18th century), Hautetour fortified house (13th century), remains of Le Châtelet (fortified house from the 16th century), ancient palaces listed as Bâtiments de France due to their historical importance, Museum of Religious Art, Mont Blanc Tramway (the highest rack railway in Europe, terminal at Eagle’s Nest at an altitude of 2,372m). Festivals: Mont Blanc Comedy Festival, Les Indezikables (contemporary music), Rencontre Musique et Patrimoine (local music and culture)

Sport: Hockey club du Mont-Blanc (ice hockey, Division 1), Company
of Guides of Saint-Gervais (second-largest company of guides in
France). Events: World Cup skiing, Trails, Pandathlon (eco-sport race)
in collaboration with WWF France

Specialities: Farcement (potato and bacon pie) with prunes and raisins,
cheeses (goat’s, Tomme de Savoie, Abondance)

Sustainable development: La Montagne à l’État Pur (preservation
measures for the Mont Blanc area), free public transport

Distinctions: Classified as a high-quality tourist resort, Famille Plus green
resort award, four-star floral town, 2-star internet town

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