The Stage of the Tour, in brief
From 7 a.m. this Sunday, 16,000 amateur cyclists take the route of the 12th stage of the Tour de France, between Briançon (Hautes-Alpes) and L’Alpe d’Huez (Isère), four days before the passage of the pro riders Thursday July 14.
On the menu for the cyclosportive, 167 km of road, 4,700 meters of cumulative elevation gain and ascents of the Galibier (2,642 m) and Croix-de-Fer (2,067 m) passes.
The route takes up that of Briançon-Alpe d’Huez in 1986 when Bernard Hinault, hand in hand with his teammate Greg Lemond, won the last stage of his career in the Tour de France.
>> Find all the images of the passage of the runners in Isère in our slideshow
35% of registered riders in the Etape du Tour are foreigners. And they come from all over the world! So, inevitably, in the airlocks waiting for the start, the ears pick up various and varied languages. Foreign cyclists have often displayed their country on their jerseys: pell-mell, we could see Italian, Colombian, Japanese, American, Ukrainian nationals…
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At the Bourg-d’Oisans refueling point, we hurry slowly. A hundred bikes are on the rack, others are lying everywhere and their owners are trying to recover.
In Alpe d’Huez the competitors who have already arrived pass and encourage those who still have 2 km to go.
While waiting for the arrival of the riders still in the saddle, relive the start in Briançon this morning on video.
More than 9 hours after the departure from Briançon, many cyclists are still on the road.
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Last efforts before the arrival in L’Alpe d’Huez for the runners still on the track.
The medal ceremonies for the first have taken place.
At the Bourg-d’Oisans refueling station, it’s the shot. Unanimous opinion: it’s hot!
In Alpe d’Huez, the public encourages the runners even 50 m from the line.
The first two women finished in just over 6:30.
Barely more than 5 hours after the start in Briançon, the first ten men crossed the finish line in L’Alpe d’Huez. They swallowed 167 km of road, 4,700 meters of cumulative elevation gain and the ascents of the Galibier (2,642 m) and Croix-de-Fer (2,067 m) passes!
Big atmosphere on the finish line in L’Alpe d’Huez.
To 12:20 p.m.the first competitor has just crossed the finish line!
At the refueling station, we hydrate and fill the cans before attacking the ascent of the 21 bends of the Alpe. The sun is starting to get hot even if a light breeze makes it bearable.
Shortly before noon, the majority of the competitors stop at the refueling point at the north roundabout of Bourg Oisans. With plenty of cans and supplies of energy gels.
At 11.30 a.m., the two riders in the lead of the Etape du Tour pass the roundabout north of Bourg d’Oisans non-stop refueling
In Bourg d’Oisansthe supporters present at the campsite settle down to see the runners pass.
In Allemond and Isèrelocals eagerly await the first runners.
At Bourg d’Oisansroad closure at north roundabout.
To Alpe d’Huezthe first spectators reach the finish line. Céline and Marie are looking for a spray paint to write on the road the name of the association that brings their husbands together for the Bike Haut Forez race.
In Isereat the northern roundabout of Bourg-d’Oisans, since 9 am, it is the effervescence. Seventy volunteers set up the supplies. The organizers insist on sorting and supplying waste.
Aurelie Chasle-Fayolle, assistant in charge of events, explains the system: “We brought together 70 volunteers at the supply station where we set up 19 tonnes of drink and food. There are also 16 marshals on the route between Rochetaille and the foot of L’Alpe d’Huez. »
Supporters and cyclists took possession of the Romanche and Ferrand valleys on Saturday. Yesterday evening, on the D25 which connects the Sarenne pass to the Chambon lake via Clavans and Mizoën, all the parking areas are occupied by competitors’ cars.
At the north roundabout Bourg d’Oisansdozens of motorhomes have settled in like these two Norman couples who will stay until next Friday.
Chez Allemond (Isère), Fabien is a signalman on the Stage of the Tour. In place since 9:30 a.m., it begins to warn cyclists and vehicles of the planned road closure at 10 a.m.
On the slopes of Lautaret
The riders of the Etape du Tour take the Col du Lautaret. And receive messages of support.
In Brianconafter the start of the Etape du Tour this Sunday morning, the volunteers gathered for a souvenir photo. Among them, the members of the office of the ASPTT Briançon Serre Chevalier.
In Iserethe organization of the race is set up on the side of Allemond. Lou Reynaud is in the process of installing a timing point for the passage of runners, who can be detected thanks to the chip placed on their bike.
Direction the Galibier
Meanwhile in Briançon, the 16,000 participants in the Etape du Tour have all taken the start, which has been in waves for 7 hours (opposite).
Along the roads, the public is there to encourage the runners and in particular the head of the race, towards Galibier (below).
Several thousand cyclists are on the road between Briançon and L’Alpe d’Huez this Sunday. How to get around in Oisans? We take stock here.
In Briançon, departures in waves of a thousand
Since 7 am, cyclists have been leaving in waves of miles from Briançon. They are 16,000 in total to take the direction of L’Alpe d’Huez.
Focus on the route: 167 km of road, 4,700 meters of cumulative elevation gain and the ascents of the Galibier and Croix-de-Fer passes
Daniel God is a member of the Security, Sport, Communication biker association. He explains how the 80 volunteer motorcyclists oversee the Etape du Tour.
The start in pictures from Briançon this Sunday morning
7 HOURS | Let’s go !
That’s it, the 16,000 amateur cyclists take the start, in waves, of the Stage of the Tour from the town center of Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes. Head to Alpe d’Huez in Isère.
Atmosphere before departure
Among the very first to leave, two cyclists from the Jura and Alsace
Dissemination of information
Who says Tour de France says passage of runners, many people on the side of the roads and, inevitably, traffic restrictions. We take stock before the departure from Briançon.
The arrival of the participants of the Etape du Tour, avenue Barbot, in downtown Briançon, early this Sunday morning
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Good morning !
Thank you for being with us, from early morning, to follow the Stage of the Tour de France. From 7 a.m., 16,000 amateur cyclists will cycle on the route of the 12th stage of the Tour de France, between Briançon (Hautes-Alpes) and L’Alpe d’Huez (Isère).