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FRENCH RIDERS SCORE A BRACE IN L'ETAPE DU TOUR DE FRANCE! 

The 29th edition of l'Étape du Tour de France delivered on its promise. 12,808 riders took on the role of pro cyclists this morning to tackle a 135 km course between Albertville and Val Thorens with three climbs, just a week before the peloton of the Tour de France races on the same roads. It was thanks to their grit and steely determination that the amateurs managed to overcome this daunting challenge. There were few surprises in the fight for the win. The French Cédrick Dubois claimed his maiden victory with a beautiful solo move, with Belgian Tim Alleman and another French, Antoine Berlin, taking the other steps on the podium. Meanwhile, the French Edwige Pitel won L'Étape du Tour de France for the fifth time in a row.


THE TOUR DE FRANCE IS IN THE AIR ! 

Just two days to go until the flag goes down and riders are busy making the final tweaks before the first pedal strokes. The air is buzzing with excitement in the Village, with no signs of mounting tension. Cyclists, on the other hand, are starting to feel the pressure. The 29th edition of L'Étape du Tour de France, designed to be a thrilling race, will see a new rider stand on top of the podium and follow in the footsteps of 2018 champion Victor Lafay.


THE TOUR DE FRANCE IS IN THE AIR ! 

The Village is an experience in its own right. Once they have picked up their race numbers and welcome bags, an interactive educational exhibition will plunge visitors into the history of the Tour de France. This experience centre, packed with historical photos and texts, gives hardcore fans of the biggest cycling race on Earth the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test with a quiz. After this hors d'oeuvre, visitors can put on virtual reality gear to step into the shoes of a pro rider going up a mountain amid the cheers of a huge crowd and, later, find out what it feels like to stand atop the podium of the Tour de France wearing the yellow jersey. Because the Village is also a place for sharing, participants can invite their friends and family to go to the fan zone and create signs of support that they can later hold up during the event.


EVERYONE ON THEIR BIKES 

A proper compendium of the Tour de France, the Étape du Tour de France never fails to draw the interest of world-class athletes. Like Frank Schleck, who is ready to ride this 29th edition to relive the emotions that he felt during his nine Tour de France participations. Open to all comers, the event will also be honoured with the presence of renowned sailor, Alexia Barrier. This year more than ever, emancipation through sport will live up to all its meaning thanks to a tandem race project (able-bodied and disabled), an original idea of the Fondaction L'Équipe (which supports emancipation through sport) and the ASLAA association, which offers and supervises sporting activities for the blind and partially sighted.


ON THE SAME FOOTING AS THE PROS!

Before reaching the summit, the participants, like their professional counterparts, will have to work hard to tame a technical and demanding route.
Soon after the start in Albertville, the route will climb out of Beaufort to the Col de Méraillet, a 11.8 km climb with an uphill gradient of 7.31%. Once it has been ascended, the riders will have 2.5 km of valley with an unbeatable view of the Roselend lake before reaching the Cormet de Roselend and its 5.5 km slope with a gradient of 5.9%. Following this first category 1 difficulty, a long 19 km descent will allow the riders to recharge their batteries slightly. However, due to several tight turns and a downhill gradient of 6%, more speed but less haste will be the order of the day.


GUNING FOR VAL THORENS!

The countdown has begun and the Étape du Tour de France returns to the delight of cycling enthusiasts. For edition 29, the cyclosportive race of reference will plunge the entrants and public into the heart of the Tour de France. The amateur riders will have the privilege of stepping into the cycling shoes of the pros to complete the stage featuring the 3 climbs and 4,563m of elevation gain that will lead them to highest altitude finish in the history of the Étape du Tour de France, at Val Thorens. In addition to riding on the same roads as the pros, the riders will discover all the elements specific to cycling’s biggest race: a friendly atmosphere with El Diablo at the village before the start of the race, closed roads for the entire 135kms, a timed stage and a finish in front of a massive crowd of enthusiastic spectators. In other words, the participants will breathe, sweat, and fully experience the Tour de France.


EVERYTHING NEEDED TO FULFILL THE OBJECTIVE!

Available on Android and IOS, the app offers cyclists the possibility to accurately track their performance and share it with their community. This app offers different challenges and several prizes. In addition, it provides each rider with preparation tips, a chance to interact with the community, and finally the opportunity to share their race live with family and friends.
With the goal of accompanying amateur cyclists in their preparation, the French Cycling Federation has created a 14-week training plan divided into 3 periods: the first month focuses on velocity, the second on strength and third on power.


AIMING VERY HIGH

For its 29th edition, on 21st July 2019, l’Étape du Tour will be enjoying a foretaste of the route between Albertville and Val Thorens that will comprise the 20th stage on the Tour de France.
At an altitude of 2,365 meters, it will be the highest finish in the prestigious history of this cyclo-sportive event. The 15,000 riders expected at the start will cover a distance of 135 kilometers and climb a total of 4,563 meters of positive gradient.