l'Étape du Tour

There were 11,475 of you!

The great summer cycling symphony beat a new record for participation. There were 11,475 cycling lovers from over 50 countries at the start of the 21st edition of the Etape du Tour and 10 624 at the finish. Congratulations to all!

Did you give it your all? Without a doubt! Most certainly! It showed at the end of the 130km between Annecy and Annecy-Semnoz where your faces were happy, and tired! The Etape du Tour has once again reached the heights of its reputation, demanding and magnificent!

Did you take the time to contemplate the fabulous view of Lake Annecy along the bends of the Puget Pass? This stage, traced in the Bauges Mountains, visited two different departments of the Savoie region. It was a hymn to the Alps herds and the mountain vegetation. Did you smell the gentian and the freshly cut hay? While crossing the villages, did you hear the sounds of the mountain bells being rung by children?

It was warm on Mount Revard, and even more so during the final climb towards Semnoz. Your faces, often covered in a thick layer of sunscreen, were often sprinkled with cool water stored in bottles. When the pines offered parcels of shade, the trajectories were modified to take advantage of a few moments of cool. Your concentration surprised and impressed the followers, and what about your willpower to reach the end of the Semnoz slopes, some of which had a gradient higher than 14%?

Many of you took advantage of the conviviality at the refreshment stands and tasted the local products that were offered. Other than the traditional energy bars and fresh or dried fruit, you were able to gather your forces with Bauges Mountain cheeses. Did you take some time to drink a few sips of the herbal tea offered with a smile by the volunteers?

All was not simple, but the Etape du Tour should not be too simple, because that would be too easy! Congratulations again for having the courage to test yourself on the roads of the 100th edition of the “Grande Boucle.” In a few days, a few months, a few years, the memories of this day will remain. The souvenirs that are witness to your formidable energy, your love for cycling, and your ability to surpass yourself, like a champion!

The podiums
1. Nicolas Roux
2. Julien Absalon
3. Peter Pouly

Winner of the Etape du Tour Act 2 (Pau-Bagnères-de-Luchon) in 2012 and second for Act 1 (Albertville-La Toussuire), Nicolas Roux won again for this 21st edition. He came in ahead of Julien Absalon, two time Olympic mountain bike champion, by nine seconds. Peter Pouly completed the podium.

1. Magdalena De Saint Jean
2. Marion Sicot
3. Danièle Troesch

For the ladies, Magdalena De Saint Jean, mother of four young girls, crossed the finish line at the Semnoz summit more than twenty minutes ahead of Marion Sicot and Danièle Troesch.

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