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Press Relation
Mille & une vagues - Nicolas Guillemart |

Press Department
Aude Raynaut - Thida |

climbing 4 000m!

For the 28th edition of l'Etape du Tour, cycling enthusiasts will serve as forerunners on the first mountain stage of the 2018 Tour de France, on a route between Annecy and Grand-Bornand. The 169-km stage will see the 15,000 expected riders set off on a challenge to climb a cumulative 4,000 meters, which will also include the all-new climb to the Glières plateau.

12,162 lucky riders embody the spirit of the tour

12,162 lucky riders started the 27th edition of L’Étape du Tour this morning. The 181 km race was held on roads closed to traffic and featured three climbs, including the infamous Izoard, the highest summit finish in the history of the event (2,360 m). The peloton was more than 12,000 riders strong, but only one could emerge victorious. Young Norwegian Jonas Abrahamsen claimed the men's race with a time of 5 h 15’26” (average speed of 34.43 km/h). The champion of the women’s race for the third consecutive year in a row was French rider Edwige Pitel, posting a time of 5 h 42’14” and with an average speed of 31.73 km/h.

champions and heroes among the amateurs

This Sunday, 15,000 enthusiasts will set off towards Col d’Izoard for edition 27 of the Étape du Tour. Some faces in the peloton will be more familiar than others, such as Franck Schleck, Thor Hushovd, Jean-Christophe Péraud, Tao Quéméré and Edwige Pitel. All of them will be on hand to plunge into the atmosphere of the Tour de France.

THE ÉTAPE du tour village: a journey into the legend of LE Tour

From July 14-16, the alpine town of Briançon will host the Étape du Tour village. It will offer all participants as well as their families, friends and the public an authentic Tour de France experience.

L'Étape by le tour de france: experience the legend of the greatest cycling race in the world

This coming April 2nd, the “L’Étape by Le Tour de France” will get underway in South Africa, before heading to 12 other countries on five continents. The calendar will allow amateurs to measure themselves on routes worthy of the “Grande Boucle” and share unforgettable emotions in an event sporting the colours of the Tour de France.


The most popular event in the “amateur rider universe” will take place on Sunday July 16, 2017 on the same route of stage 18 of the Tour de France between Briançon and the Izoard. This all-important stage in the quest for the Yellow Jersey among the professionals, will certainly be historic for amateur riders…


11,471 riders set out at 7am this morning to tackle the 2016 Étape du Tour, a 122 km trek on the course of stage 20 of the Tour de France, scheduled for Saturday, 23 July. Three legendary Alpine passes later, including the famous hors catégorie climb of Joux Plane (11.6 km at an average gradient of 8.5%), over 11,000 riders crossed the finish line in Morzine, a new record for the race. The 2016 edition of the Étape du Tour lived up to the expectations, giving enthusiastic cyclists a rare opportunity to experience the phenomenal atmosphere of the Grande Boucle and race under the same conditions as the pros.


Over 30,000 visitors are set to descend upon the Étape du Tour Village in Megève in celebration of cycling. Over the two-day event (Friday 8 July and Saturday 9 July), visitors will be able to enjoy a raft of activities and make their way through the 75 exhibits to be organised as part of this 2016 edition.


For the past several weeks, a portion of the Étape du Tour course has been threatened by rockslides on the downhill run of the col de la Ramaz. We hoped to have an unchanged route, identical to what had been announced since the opening of registration. However, the relevant authorities and the organisers prefer not to pass by the col de la Ramaz. While the zone is secured for automobile circulation with an automatic traffic light system in case of rockslides, the passing of 15,000 cyclists during a period of several hours constitutes an increasing risk.


On 10 July, 15,000 amateur riders will attack four legendary climbs of the Alps. To ride on the same roads and in the same conditions as the professionals, you have to have the same level of preparation. Nothing can be left to chance, physically, mentally and mechanically.


On Sunday 10th July 2016, the 24th edition of L’Étape du Tour will take place on the route of the Megève-Morzine stage, which, for the elite peloton, will be scheduled the day before the final finish of the Tour de France in Paris. The 2016 edition will be a real challenge for the climbers, and will take place in this setting which could almost be Colombian…


RDV next year!