L'Etape du Tour - Act 2

Starting line operations in Issoire

As shown on the map below, the twelve starting areas will be spread across the following spots :

  • the starting line in front of the Halle aux Grains.
  • boulevard Buisson
  • place du Foirail
  • avenue Kennedy

Download SAS de départ - Tranches de dossards(.pdf)

Starting areas will be accessed from the left side of the road (in the direction of the race).

The luggage room (bags with dry clothes for the finish) and breakfast area will be set up on the Jacques Anquetil car park, which can be accessed from the Boulevard Pasteur and the Avenue Kennedy.

The main drop-off area will be Les Listes business park (Carrefour car park and many wide pavements in the business park).
You are advised to take motorway exit no. 12, which leads you directly to the best parking areas.

If you are coming from the west of the city (Champeix, Besse, etc.), you will also come across car parks when approaching the city centre.

Download the start's map(.pdf)

Download the drop zone's map(.pdf)

How the start will be given

The first difficulty in the route comes quite early: after 45 km, a small bridge will be crossed to avoid blocking the A75 in Massiac, and the first quite steep climb (5 km long).

We are going to spread out the start flow (with 1 h between the first and the last starters) to prevent congestion and ensure the utmost comfort and safety. This will enable us to spread out the stream of cyclists.

The width of the starting line will be reduced to 3 m and a few minutes’ gap will be left between each group of participants.
Real-time timing will ensure you get your actual race times.

We prefer to have you wait in the starting areas and make your race comfortable.