Watch and Ride the Tour de France in the Alps – July 2021
After the disruption caused to the 2020 edition, the 108th edition of the Tour de France returns to its more habitual slot in the racing calendar, racing across France from late June through July.
Covering 3383km along its 21 stage route, the Tour visits the Alps for two gruelling mountain stages to conclude week one of the racing. The Tour kicks off the start of the second week with a depart from the alpine town of Albertville, host town of the 1992 winter Olympics, before it heads south to Valence and on to Provence.
Although the alpine stages have been limited to two, both feature iconic climbs tackled in previous editions of La Grande Boucle. At the same time the organisers have taken the opportunity to introduce some lesser known climbs in to the mix.
Stage 8 from Oyonnax to Le Grand Bornand culminates in the brutal back to back climbs of the Col de Romme and Col de la Colombiere, last climbed by the peloton in 2018 and Julian Alaphilippe’s solo breakaway victory. These two giants are immediately preceded on this occasion by the climb up to Mont Saxonnex being featured for the first time. Whilst only 7km long, it features punishing ramps of 12%.
Stage 9 from Cluses to Tignes sees the Tour’s organisers being true to their promise to return to Tignes quickly having had to abandon their plans to arrive there in the 2019 edition following an unexpected mudslide closing off the access roads. Whilst the route goes over the popular Col de Saisies and the Cormet de Roselend, they do so on this edition via the lesser known Crest Voland and Col du Pre approaches respectively. The stage finishes with the gruelling 21km climb up to the mountain top stage finish at the ski resort of Tignes, one of only 3 summit finishes in this year’s edition of the race.
We are very happy to be able to offer our popular 4-day Tour de France Watch and Ride Experience, as well as a special mid-week , and weeklong break giving our guests the opportunity to experience a stage finish, a mountain pass or a stage ‘départ’ – or for those guests staying on our weeklong break all three!
These special breaks will take place between Thursday 1st – Thursday 8th July 2021 – you can find full pricing details here >>>
For example, the route of the 2018 Tour de France showcased some of amazing road cycling to be found in Annecy and the Aravis mountains – we were excited to see so many of our local climbs and routes feaured during these Alpine stages of the 2018 race.
In fact, Stage 10 of that race offered many of our local favourites Col de la Croix Fry, Plateau des Glieres, Col de Romme and Col de la Colombiere before finishing just down the road in Le Grand Bornand. So you could easily access this for yourself right from our front door!
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