AMATEUR CYCLISTS OPEN THE ROAD TO TOUR DE FRANCE PROS
Shortly after daybreak, the iconic red Škoda of the Tour de France shepherded 12,993 brave riders onto a 169 km course on roads closed to traffic, stretching from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand, a major ski resort in the winter and crowd-pulling mountain destination in the summer.
Dream-like landscapes surrounded the peloton. The splendid Aravis Massif towered elegantly above the plain, setting the stage for participants from 67 different countries. Cyclists riding in the scorching heat and under the clear blue sky, some of them smiling and others with a hint of suffering on their faces, took in the magical views.
12,993 AMATEUR CYCLISTS TAKE ON L'ETAPE DU TOUR
They did it! Each one riding at a different pace, they tackled the 169 km course, the four timed climbs and the Glières Plateau. The 28th edition of the Étape du Tour was held today. It was the perfect event for the 12,993 participants from 67 countries eager to ride on a course worthy of the pro peloton. The champions also had lots of fun, including Victor Lafay, who won the race ahead of Colombia's Óscar Eduardo Tovar Rivera and Cédrick Dubois.
A CHALLENGE WORTHY OF THE PROFESSIONALS!
Let’s focus in detail on a route that will allow the riders to experience the full difficulty of the most prestigious of amateur cycling races.
After the start from the centre of Annecy, the route begins to climb quickly to the Col de Bluffy pass – a 1.5-km, 5.6% gradient 4th category climb – then the ascent of the Col de la Croix Fry pass and its 11.3 km at a gradient of 7%. The riders will then have to swiftly get back in the saddle after the descent from this second pass, because the main course awaits them: the climb up to the Plateau des Glières (6 km at 11.2%).
L’ÉTAPE DU TOUR: IN THE BIKE SHOES OF A PRO!
The Étape du Tour has all the ingredients that has made the Tour de France what it is today:a friendly village at the start of the race, closed roads, a timed stage and an arrival in front of a massive crowd of enthusiastic spectators. Around the village, the riders and the public will meet the emblematic characters of the Tour such as El Diablo.
This festive event promises to be demanding for the riders with a 169km course between Annecy and Grand-Bornand. The cyclists will have to peddle hard to pass the four climbs of Croix Fry, Romme and the Colombière as well as the climb to the Glières plateau, which has never been included in the Tour de France.
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For the 28th edition of L’Étape du Tour, which will be contested on July 8 from Annecy to Grand Bornand, 15,000 cycling enthusiasts will set off on the same 169km course that the professionals will race on for stage 10 of the Tour de France.
In order to take on the most intense phase of preparation of L’Étape du Tour, a free of charge training plan is being offered to all amateur riders. They have three months to be as best prepared as possible to reach their objectives.
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.