Tour de France Stage 20 Preview

SATURDAY, JULY 23RD – STAGE 20 – 146.5km

Profile Megève / Morzine-Avoriaz 146.5KM


Mountain passes & hills Megève / Morzine-Avoriaz 146.5KM

  • Km 21.0 – Col des Aravis (1 487 m)6.7 kilometre-long climb at 7% – category 2
  • Km 45.5 – Col de la Colombière (1 618 m)11.7 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% – category 1
  • Km 93.5 – Col de la Ramaz (1 619 m)13.9 kilometre-long climb at 7.1% – category 1
  • Km 134.5 – Col de Joux Plane (1 691 m)11.6 kilometre-long climb at 8.5% – category H
Mountain passes & hills 1Mountain passes & hills 2

Intermediate sprint Megève / Morzine-Avoriaz 146.5KM

  • Km 33.5 – LE GRAND-BORNAND
Intermediate sprint

Last km Megève / Morzine-Avoriaz 146.5KM

Last km
The Start:


Numerous stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné have started from the ski resort.
In 2014, one of the most exciting outcomes of recent times was launched there.
On the way to Courchevel, Alberto Contador would lose ground while Christopher Froome struggled against a royal breakaway led by the likes of Romain Bardet.
Mikel Nieve would win the stage but the performance of the day would be for Andrew Talansky, final winner of the event.

Stage town for the 1st time
Mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
3,500 inhabitants (Mégevans)

Economy: Development of business tourism, more than 200 shops (including AAllard/Bogner and his famous ski pants), 45 farms

Culture: Innovative mountain architecture (three cottages built by Henry Jacques Le Même, the inventor of the ski chalet, have received the 20th century Heritage label of the Rhône-Alpes), Museum of Megève, Museum of Haut Val d’Arly, Musée de l’Ermitage du Calvaire (Calvary museum at the Ermitage), Médiathèque (media and arts’ centre).

Festivals: International Jazz Festival, Megève Blues Festival, Estivales (music), Rêves Nature (children and nature), Fête des vieux métiers (traditional crafts), concours aux poulains (foals’ competition)

Sport: Palais des Sports (ice rink, gym, aquatic centre, tennis, climbing wall).

Events: MB Race (mountain biking), Time Megève Mont Blanc and Haute Route (cyclosportives), International Show Jumping, Polo Masters (polo on snow), Winter Golf Cup (golf competition on snow) Sporting Dance Open

Specialities: Three Michelin-starred restaurants, Megève sleds

Sustainable development: Sustainable development of green spaces, careful salting of snow-covered roads

Distinctions: Marianne d’Or 2001, 2011 and 2015 (action in the field of tourism and sustainable development), four-star floral town


The Finish:


The Tour discovered Morzine in 1975 and riders such as Marco Pantani or Richard Virenque have captured stage wins there. But Morzine also brings back good memories to the Colombians. While in 1985, Lucho Herrera had triumphed in nearby Avoriaz, to be precise, three years later Fabio Parra climbed on the podium of the Tour thanks to his victory there. In 2012, Nairo Quintana had conquered one of his first prestigious wins in the resort during the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Stage town for the 20th time
Mountain resort in Haute-Savoie (74)
3,000 inhabitants (Morzinois)

Economy: Winter and summer tourism. 40,000 visitor beds and more than three million visitor nights per year

Culture: Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Church (19th century, organ classified as historical monument), Vieux Pont bridge (18th century).

Festivals: Rock the Pistes Festival (music on the ski slopes of the Portes du Soleil), Avoriaz Jazz Up, Festival Lind’Art (classical music)

Sport: Pingouins de Morzine-Avoriaz-Les Gets (ice hockey, Ligue Magnus), Ski-Club Morzine-Avoriaz, Sporting club Morzine Vallée d’Aulps (football).

Events: Mont-Blanc-Morzine Rally (round of the French Rally Championship), international skiing competition for customs officers, Spartan race (obstacle race), Ice Cross Downhill World Championship (downhill skating)

Specialities: Berthoud (fondue using Abondance cheese), fondue, raclette, tartiflette, diots (sausages), merveilles (fritters), rissoles (turnover filled with stewed pears or apples). Extraction and cutting of slate from the Ardoisières Valley

Sustainable development: Free shuttles in summer and winter seasons, hire mountain bikes and electric mountain bikes, 155km of marked routes for electric mountain bikes, wood boiler heating for municipal buildings

Distinctions: Famille Plus green tourism award, Qualité Tourism award, three-star floral town

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