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The 18th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France will be all yours in the heart of the most majestic and enigmatic sporting setting ever! This will certainly inspire the natural attackers. From Barcelonnette to the Col de Vars, minds and thighs alike will be fired up. But above all, the last 10 kilometres before Izoard are above 9% of average gradient. And the ascent of the Casse Déserte will add to the intensity of the percentages.

Discover The 2017 Etape du Tour Route

Each crossroads and junctions will be manned by local authorities and volunteers for your safety. Despite these extraordinary measures, play it safe and follow these instructions:

  • Ride on the right so that faster riders can overtake you and organisation vehicles can move around.
  • Overtake exclusively on the left on climbs and descents.
  • Follow the instructions displayed on the signs on the course for your own safety.
  • Be especially careful on descents. Fast, technical and winding sections require a laser-like focus: eat and drink properly before reaching them.
  • Follow any instructions issued by organisation motorcycles - they are responsible for your safety.
  • Keep calm if an accident occurs. Call emergency number 0800 00 52 12 (toll-free) to describe the accident and report the kilometre point and the race numbers of the riders involved.
  • Riders who are overtaken by the time vehicle are considered as being eliminated from the race. For those who are interested or for those who have experienced mechanical failure, four repatriation areas will be set up by the organisation along the route.

0800 00 52 12 TOLL-FREE NUMBER

Call this emergency number if an accident happens on the course. The Race CP will give you the necessary instructions and notify your relatives if needed. A rider information point will be set up in Morzine where families can ask questions on how the race is going.

The following are the exact positions of the feeding stations that you will find along the route of l’Etape du Tour:

  • Km 47.7 - Complete feeding station left of the roundabout - at the Embrunais park and ride facility in Baratier. Participants that don’t want to stop will be able to continue via the right lane of the roundabout.

  • Km 100.2 - Complete feeding station on the right, on Place Aimée Gassier in Barcelonnette
  • Km 116.4 - Liquid feeding station on the right, in Les Gleizolles
  • Km 131 - Liquid feeding station on the left of the summit of the Col de Vars
  • Km 151.1 - Complete feeding station on the right, on Place d’Italie in Guillestre
  • Km 172.3 - Liquid feeding station on the left in La Chalp, at the ESF car park
  • Km 181 - Complete feeding station at the summit of the Col d’Izoard
  • Km 200.9 - Pasta Party at the finish in Briançon 

These complete feeding stations (drinks and food) are spread over 2 sets of tables 40 metres long. So the tables are long enough to avoid jostling with the other riders.

You’ll find the products mentioned below there:

  • Fruit (bananas, apples, etc.)
  • Dry fruit
  • Savoury breads, gingerbread, cereal bars
  • Isostar products (High Energy bars, Booster Gel and Fruit Boost)
  • Sugar
  • Water

The liquid feeding stations will provide you with water and sugar.

And also:

  • Isostar liquid feeding station: km 100.2 // km 151.1 // km 172.3 
  • Savoury biscuits: km 100.2 // km 151.1 // km 172.3 // km 181
  • Local cheese: km 100.2 // km 151.1 // km 181
  • Coca-Cola: km 100.2 // km 151.1 // km 181
  • Perrier: km 131 // km 172.3

Take time to have a break: l’Étape du Tour is a long-distance race.

Mavic will provide mechanical assistance at the feeding stations. Labour will be free of charge, parts must be paid for. On the route, ask one of the organisation’s motorcyclists for help if you have a mechanical problem.

Please respect the local community - use the toilets set up at the feeding stations

Do your bit and successfully complete another challenge: L’Etape du Tour would like to adopt an exemplary approach to waste management. Let’s all get involved!

 “We want to highlight and showcase the Tour de France’s mythical places. The Col d’Izoard is a perfect example of this […], the Izoard is a unique pass, cycling on the Izoard, is like cycling on the moon, the scenery is exceptional […], it’s a fascinating place which I urge you to respect. Don’t discard anything, keep your bottles. The Tour de France and Etape du Tour riders must be able to continue to go to other magnificent places in the future and in order to do so, they must preserve this site, which is worthy of their respect.”  Christian Prudhomme

This does not only apply to the Col d’Izoard, but also to the Col de Vars and the whole route. You're going to have the opportunity to ride through some magnificent places, extensive national parks that are classified as some of the most beautiful in France. Please respect the places that you cycle through  by following these few rules:

  • There will be containers for your use at the feeding stations. Please use them as much and as efficiently as you can. There will be waste management and recycling facilities in place.
  • If you consume any food or drink with packaging while on the route, please keep your litter in your pockets until you get to the next bins.
  • Collection nets will also be set up along the route. They will be placed at strategic sites, based on the location of the feeding stations and in zones requiring special protection. We are relying on you to use them as efficiently and help us to reduce the impact on the roads we are using as much as possible.

More information: At the feeding stations on climbs and on the summits of mountain passes, we have deliberately restricted the quantity of food and drink with individual packaging. This is why you won’t find cereal bars or fruit jellies for example at Les Gleizolles feeding station (ascent of the Col de Vars), at the summit of the Col de Vars and at La Chalp (ascent of the Col d’Izoard).