l'Étape du Tour

The big adventure !

First the rain, then the sun… it took lots of courage to be at the starting line for the Etape du Tour linking Albertville to La Toussuire. However, at dawn, the bikers were all on time, early birds. The ambiance was serious at the starting block. No one was joking around. The day’s program included the Madeleine, the Glandon, the Croix de Fer, and the Mollard, all before the final climb towards La Toussuire.

Each competitor had his own tactics, his personal strong points, and his own secret dreams. In the valley, where the group body formed, certain improvised, becoming head of the clan. However, as soon as the group arrived in the hairpins of the Madeleine, it exploded like a puzzle. The start had taken place just an hour before, and it was already an every man for himself situation.

The Tarentaise region was under the clouds, but the sun was waiting for the participants at the first bends of the Madeleine, with its majestic scenery and an altitude of 2000m. At the first difficult point of the day, certain bikers took the time to take some pictures with their mobile phones. In the descent leading to the foot of the Glandon, some groups reached a speed of more than 80km/h. The first refreshment area was placed at the bottom of the pass, at the approach to the Glandon…

This pass, which is rated above all categories (like the Madeleine), was the main course of the day, especially the last five kilometers with slopes equaling 2 digits. The scenery was sublime. Did the participants notice? Without a doubt! One group even stopped to refresh themselves in some rapids surrounded by the Savoie Alps, each village on the way offering a rare moment of good mood and conviviality. 

Those who finished the Glandon were affected by the effort (with a capitol E). The bikers continued dozens of meters before reaching the peak of the Croix de Fer, where they had another opportunity for refreshment. The gestures of the participants were less hurried. At this point, it was important to manage the following kilometers. There was no room for error as far as refreshment was concerned. Suddenly, as soon as the tanks were filled up, the dizzying descent started up again. The trajectories were impeccable, with no unnecessary risk taking.  At the end of a bend to the right, the road began to climb again.

Barely six kilometers later, the bikers reached the Mollard pass. However, bodies were affected by the efforts accomplished earlier, and the heat began to be a factor to take into consideration. The tanks emptied themselves faster. A few dozen meters later, some bagpipes seemed to salute the thousands of British bikers in the group. The crowd’s encouragements became more and more convincing, as if the crowd itself was experiencing the efforts of the step.

La Toussuire remained (not a piece of cake), with almost 18km of ramps at 9% under the heat of the day. Total silence. Each racer was alone, focused on his effort. Some stopped and put their feet on the ground. Others took the time to rest in a shaded area. The last kilometers of the step were monumental. The race was reaching its end, but the marked faces barely smiled, arriving at the homestretch. After receiving their medal, the finishers of this Etape du Tour met up in the vast refreshment tent where the admirable volunteers (who were available throughout the long day) were busy helping all. A little further away, the most exhausted competitors stretched out on the grass, and finally allowed themselves to smile. What an adventure!

  • Best Of 2015

    . Read more
  • An unforgettable adventure

    At 7am yesterday morning, there was a rush of adrenaline in... Read more
  • Don't worry!

    A little bit late to come in La Toussuire ? Don't worry, we are waiting... Read more
  • The social corner is launched!

    Join us on the official Etape du Tour Social Cornerto follow the Etape... Read more

    Yourconvocationis now availalble on A.S.O.Challenges. You can download... Read more
  • 2015 Itinerary Timetable

    Consult the full Itinerary timtable for L'Étape du Tour 2015 Read more

    This year the organisers have developed two challenges : The King/Queen... Read more
  • Advices - equipment and maintnance

    The big day is approaching and at just over a month from the start of... Read more
  • Share your bib number

    You are about to take part in the 23rd edition of l'Étape du Tour. Let... Read more

    Discover the interview of Pierre Rolland, the winner of the La... Read more

    Le coq sportif, official partner of l’Etape du Tour, has released a... Read more
  • Objective Etape du Tour

    Find out all the recommendations from Julien Pinot in order to be ready... Read more

    You want to be in a perfect shape for L’Etape du Tour in July ? Join... Read more

    No more individual bib numbers available. Discover other possibilities... Read more
  • Last bibs left for the 2015 Etape du Tour!

    Only 500 bibs left for the 2015 Etape du Tour!Don't wait any longer...... Read more
  • Look at our "Accommodation Pack"!

    To enjoy the Etape du Tour experience, don't forget to book your... Read more
  • More than 10 000 joined us!

    You are more than 10 000 to join us for the 2015 Etape du Tour! For you,... Read more
  • More than 5 000 cyclists joined us!

    Could you take up the 2015 Etape du Tour challenge?Register here at... Read more
  • Teaser of the 2015 Etape du Tour

    Registration will open on November 6, at 9AM at... Read more
  • Registration will open on November 6, at 9AM

    Registration to the challenge will open on Thursday, November 6 from... Read more
  • The 23rd edition of the Etape du Tour Course

    The 23rd edition of the Etape du Tour has just revealed its course, 142... Read more
  • L'Etape du Tour 2014, the movie!

    Watch the best of L'Etape du Tour 2014 between Pau and Hautacam,... Read more
  • Mavic’s the Etape du Tour event video service

    The videos of your stage are henceforth available. Read more
  • A true sporting challenge

    The 22nd edition of L'Étape du Tour set a new participation record,... Read more
  • Live tracking

    With the name or the bib number, follow riders during the race Read more
  • Etape du Tour: Here you are!

    Last tips before the big startThere are still a few hours left before... Read more
  • Marianne Vos advices you : Climbing

    Being well prepared is half the work, you don’t have to do a full... Read more
  • Marianne Vos advices you !

    Follow Marianne Vos advices for L'Etape du Tour ! Read more
  • Print your convocation

    Your convocation is now available on your A.S.O. Challenges account. You... Read more
  • Official jersey L'Etape du Tour

    The graphic of l'Etape du Tour jersey showcases one of the key stages of... Read more
  • Mavic’s L'Etape du Tour video service

    With the help from Mavic, you can re-live in video your experience on... Read more
  • King Of Mountain Challenge

    Challenge yourself on the timed climbs of the Tourmalet and Hautacam ! Read more
  • Étape du Tour 2.0

    Join us on the social networks! Read more
  • The route

    Take a look at the route of L'Étape du Tour 2014 Read more
  • Sold out!

    Registration are closed since December, 20th, but there are still places... Read more
  • Opening registration: November, 12

    The Etape du Tour will take place on a 148km course at Pau-Hautacam, ... Read more
  • L’étape du tour: PAU - HAUTACAM / 20th July 2014 -...

    In the world of the GiantsOn 20th July 2014, four days before the... Read more
  • There were 11,475 of you!

    The great summer cycling symphony beat a new record for participation.... Read more
  • Live the Etape !

    Tomorrow, from 7am, there will be thousands of you at the start of the... Read more
  • A couple days left, and the pressure is building!

    The start of the 21th edition of the Etape du Tour is on Sunday from... Read more
  • Route

    Discover the route in 3D and the route of l Etape du Tour 2013. Read more
  • Your race in video

    Visit Mavic’s dedicated website to register for the video service… Read more
  • This year: staggered start times!

    In order to spread out the flow of participants on the route and provide... Read more
  • Registration are closed

    All bibs have been assigned! Rendezvous in Annecy! Read more
  • Registration opening for the 2013 Etape du Tour.

    Registration are open from November 28. As in the past, for competitors... Read more
  • Annecy - Annecy Semnoz: The 100th edition of the Tour...

    Sunday, July 7, 2013, the Etape du Tour will allow cyclists to use roads... Read more
  • A very special day !

    Act 1 of the 2012 Etape du Tour will remain engraved in the memories of... Read more
  • Congratulation and Results

    Congratulation to all ! Alpine slopes were not taken lightly, the... Read more
  • The big adventure !

    First the rain, then the sun… it took lots of courage to be at the... Read more
  • Race numbers, registration confirmations and shuttles

    The bibs were affected by the level of each rider. Remember to print... Read more
  • The route in video

    Discover the route of the Etape du Tour Act 1 in video ! Read more
  • Madone Challenge

    More than 800 registered at the Madone Challenge ! Read more
  • Challenge Grimpeur

    A Challenge Grimpeur will be inaugurated this year!The four mountain... Read more

    Be at the forefront with the Pack Cyclo - from 97 € / personBook... Read more
  • Already many riders !

    The fans were already numerous in the first days of registration, which... Read more
  • Opening registration

    Registration will be available online from Thursday 17th at noon. Take... Read more
  • Accommodation

    Date and location of the Etape du Tour are now known. Even if the... Read more
  • Issoire – Saint-Flour

    Relive the great moments of the Etape du Tour 2011 Acte 2 Read more
  • Act 1 : 8th of July - Albertville / La Toussuire, Les...

    Act 1 will lead you on a 140-km-long trek across the Savoie department Read more
  • 2012 Etape du Tour

    Rendezvous on the 19th of October Read more

    Several days before the start of the first edition of La Etapa Argentina... Read more

    On next October 8 and 9, the first edition of La Etapa Argentina by Le... Read more
  • A successful first act

    Results and personal pictures available on www.asochallenge.com Read more
  • Race stopped, times changed

    Due to a serious accident and a race neutralization, some race times... Read more
  • Valfréjus, a village in the clouds

    This village in the ski station opened a Vanoise wild paysage for visitors Read more
  • Not registered yet?

    On-site registration Read more
  • Pratical informations

    Important informations to know before coming: opening hours of the... Read more
  • Organize your start !

    To avoid stress before you etape, organize your coming on the starting... Read more
  • Modane - Valfréjus: a two-level welcome

    The host village of the 1st act will be located at Valfréjus, above... Read more
  • 1st Act Course

    Discover the video of the 1st Act course Read more
  • Trek
  • Alltricks
  • BUFF Sports
  • Isostar
  • lcl
  • Le coq sportif
  • mavic
  • Northwave
  • Oakley
  • Sherpa
  • skoda
  • Strava
  • La Toussuire
  • St Jean de Maurienne
  • France Bleu Pays de Savoie
  • Le Dauphiné Libéré
  • Velo magazine