The 10th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France will be yours!
We invite you to the shores of Lake Annecy for an expedition across the mountains that takes you to the nearby resort of Le Grand-Bornand... after some rather challenging detours. After battling your way up the Col de la Croix-Fry, where you are rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view of the Aravis mountains, you'll then embark on the 7-km climb to the Plateau des Glières at an average gradient of 11%. You’ll be confronted not only with the steep slope but also the dust on a 1.5-Km portion of untarmacked road before you reach the plateau where members of the local resistance used to hide during the Second World War. This is followed by a hard slog up to the Col de Romme, then the Col de la Colombière, the latter perched at 1,613 metres above sea level. The total elevation gain for the day is over 4,000 metres: the final downhill to Le Grand-Bornand is the well-earned reward for all your hard work…
The 2018 Etape du Tour Route
La Croix Fry
Focus on the first real climb of L'Etape du Tour: from Km 1 to 6, it would be quite easy. But then, you will have to face up the 9% climb for 2km, to finish on a slope to 6-7 %.
La Croix Fry will be the first climb of the best climber classification.
Plateau des Glières
With 6 km up to 11%, you will have to choose the right gears so that you don't suffer on the first turns, which are real walls! This climb include a portion of 1,5km non bitumée at the top.
Les Glières will be the second climb of the best climber classification.
COL DE ROMME AND COL DE LA COLOMBIERE
First you'll have to face up with the Col de Romme and 3 hard km of climb and then 4 other km on la Colombière before finishing in style with the slop of Le Grand-Bornand.
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 979 98 18 18 (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.
979 98 18 19 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.
Circulation and route access
Time limit (end of race)
Riders who are overtaken by the time vehicle are considered as no longer in the race and are therefore disqualified.
If you are one of these riders, we suggest that you go to the nearest recovery point indicated by the organisation, that you’ll be able to find on your roadmap (in your race number envelope).
A transport solution will be arranged to take you to the finish, in Le Grand-Bornand with your bike. If you want to go there under your own steam, then you’ll be able to do so. However, the gendarmerie will not give you access to the road taken by the race route, for safety reasons.
This year there are 9 feeding stations and the pasta party at the finish:
- 5 full feeding stations
- 3 liquid feeding stations
- A feeding station at the finish
- A pasta party with the finisher’s beer
Here are the food and drinks that you’ll find on the route:
To avoid hunger pangs, remember to set off with food and fill up your water bottles so that you can hydrate yourself sufficiently.
This year, you’ll receive a gel holder bag from L’Étape du Tour. You will receive this gift bag at the Village. Use it during the race to store your waste; you can empty it at every feeding station in the collection areas set up for this purpose.
We remind you that it is FOBIDDEN to dispose of your waste beyond these collection areas.
The organisation, with the support of the Eco Cyclo patrols, the signallers and the organisation’s motorbikes, reserves the right to disqualify any participant who disposes of their waste outside the collection areas at the feeding stations.