Juli Karte der Etappe der Tour de France Nach dem Start in Saint-Paul- Trois-Châteaux geht es zunächst flach gen Westen. Nachdem die. Juli Simon Geschke fährt lange in der Spitzengruppe mit, muss den Tagessieg am Ende aber Omar Fraile überlassen. Geraint Thomas verteidigt. Juli Die Etappe der Tour de France von Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux nach Mende. Grafik: J. Reschke, Redaktion: A. Stober Foto: dpa-infografik.
But it is also a tourist adventure which will enable you to discover some of the most beautiful parts of France.
From Alpine valleys to the Tourmalet, the giant of the Pyrenees, every year the regions which host the event offer breathtaking scenery. Find out more about them here.
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A lack of local coordination and staff volunteers. We have a wide selection of hotels available on bed and breakfast and half board basis. Please note that if you arrive late today then your evening meal maybe in the form of a cold plate as the restaurant maybe closed.
Sports Tours International have an expo stand in the Etape du Tour village and our staff are on hand to assist you where required.
Today the logistics are slightly different depending on where you are staying. If you are staying at the hotel Le Savoie or the Parc de Jade in Albertville, then please make your own way to and from the expo today.
The distance is 25 to 35 kilometres depending on what hotel you are at on a mostly flat valley road. Once you get to the expo, you will store your bike with us in a secure overnight storage area and you will take our transport back to your hotel from the expo at set times later this afternoon.
In the morning, we will bring you back to Albertville and you will collect your bike ahead of starting the Etape du Tour.
This morning those staying in Albertville can cycle to the start. We will collect everyone else from their hotels without bikes as all bikes will be stored overnight in Albertville.
Wear some comfortable light shoes and clothes which you can hand to us in Albertville before you start. You can use the drawstring bag that we provide to you for this.
We anticipate a The organisers allocate pens according to likely finish time and historic Etape performance, therefore faster riders start nearer the front and the slower riders at the back.
Please note, we have no influence over your starting pen. The Etape du Tour is a closed road sportive. Along the route, there are certain times that you must have passed certain spots.
Especially for Sports Tours international riders there will be additional food and assistance points on the route which give you better access than at the normal feed stops.
On the Etape du Tour we will provide at least 2 private feed stations plus a reception area at the finish where you can sit and recover whilst you have something to eat and drink.
As many of you will not be staying in Albertville it will be too far to ride to the start. It makes sense to wear some comfortable shoes and clothing over your cycling gear for the bus journey.
When you get on your bike in Albertville we give you the option to hand us a bag with all your items of clothing. The finish is in the ski resort of Val Thorens.
The route of the Etape du Tour will take you up a side road but this road will re-join the main access road at about 11 kilometres from the finish.
As this is the only road to Val Thorens, the road will remain closed for cars until after the finish of the Etape du Tour for security reasons.
It is however possible to descend back down the main road as a two-way system will be put in place for cyclists only. At the finish, you will be able to enjoy the usual food and drink and this year there will also be a Sports Tours International welcome area where you can park your bike at your own risk and we will offer you some food and drinks so you can recover before you descend back down the hill.
Depending on where you are staying, you can either descend straight back to your hotel or take our transport back.
For those who are staying at hotels in Moutiers and Brides Les Bains, you can descend back to your hotel whenever you want.
For those who are staying with us in La Lechere, Aigueblanche and Albertville, we will provide transport for you and your bike back to your hotels.
We have secured a parking space on the main road down from Val Thorens where our buses are parked.
For those who have booked hotel packages with the evening meal included, we will ensure that there is a later meal time tonight.
If you have booked bike rental or our overland bike transport service then your bike will be collected back from you this evening.
After breakfast we will start running transfers back to the airport. If you are making your own way home, you will need to leave the hotel mid morning.
Our earliest airport transfer is at Albertville is the start village for the Etape du Tour, and last hosted the Tour in Albertville is well known for hosting the Winter Olympic Games, but it is Welcome to Hotel Inn Design Moutiers.
This hotel was previously a hotel Ibis. The hotel Inn Design is a basic hotel which is located at approximately 25 — 35 kilometres Moutiers is located at the foot of the climb to Val Thorens, as well as serving several other famous local climbs and ski resorts.
This hotel is ideal for those looking to arr Brides-les-Bains is a spa town located by the foot of the climb to Val Thorens. Family rooms are available on request — please email us.
Fully renovated in , the Mer This small room hotel has a warm ambiance and friendly personal service. The hotel is the id Albertville is the start village for the Etape du Tour, and last Albertville is well known for hosting the Winter Olympic Games, but it is still a charming city due to its tourist sites and monuments to visit.
The Hotel Savoie welcomes you in a warm family atmosphere. The reception, renovated two years ago, takes on the appearance of a library where contemporary arts and the arts of the past mingle.
The small lounge offers a moment of relaxation, to sit back and enjoy a coffee. Hotel Savoie has 28 rooms, and each room has private bathroom and toilet, as well as a hair dryer and flat screen TV.
WiFi is free and available in all rooms. The hotel Inn Design is a basic hotel which is located at approximately 25 — 35 kilometres from both Val Thorens and from Albertville.
The hotel is 7 km from the thermal resort of Brides Les Bains. The finish town of Val Thorens is 35km away and the train station and the city centre of Moutiers are just 1.
Albertville is at about 25km from Moutiers so ideal distance for a warm up ride to registration on Saturday. The hotel is situated up a slight hill overlooking Moutiers.
Your stay here will be on a half board basis with breakfasts and evening meals included. You can store your bike at the hotel and we will have a bike mechanic on-site at the hotel to assist you with your preparations.
There is a large lounge and bar which has views overlooking the valley and you can also make use of the large outside terrace.
This hotel is ideal for those looking to arrive by Eurostar. Many people come here to enjoy health cures. The project is in a green area of mountains.
The reception, bar and restaurant are integrated into the main building. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and consists of traditional elements enriched with specialties from our restaurant, cheeses and sausages from our mountains.
Relax in the comfortably furnished lounge, enjoy a drink at the bar and connect to the Wi-Fi network in every room: Come enjoy the home made cuisine, and friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Good times await in the restaurant, the bar and the lounge! For them, it is a point of pride to ensure you have everything you need during your holiday or business trip.
La Cabriere is known for its home made cuisine and friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Your stay here is on Half Board basis, with breakfast and evening meals included.
A bike store is provided and all meal times are in line with Etape du Tour timings. Fully renovated in , the Mercure Grand Hotel des Thermes is designed with relaxation in mind.
The hotel has a restaurant with piano, fireplace, and extended terrace in a garden with swimming pool. There is a bar lounge with a giant screen, as well as a reading lounge, all in a stylish, classic decor.
Spa treatments with hammam, sauna, heated swimming pool and hot tub have been entrusted to the Cinq Mondes brand payable locally.
With a French-style ceiling with exposed wooden beams, the large restaurant room is warm and inviting. Traditional specialties in the winter and healthy or gourmet dishes in the summer.
Chef Thierry Giannini prepares dishes based entirely on fresh produce. The hotel is the ideal place to prepare for your ride and to recover in relaxed surroundings, with a wellness suite boasting a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
All rooms are accessible by the hotel lift. The town is known for hosting the Winter Olympics. Domitys Parc de Jade is located in central Albertville, offering apartments with mountain views and free WiFi.
All apartments have a large double bed in the separate bedroom making this an extremely comfortable and spacious option for couples.
When our contracting team went to do their site visit ahead of the Etape du Tour we stumbled across this little gem. The Domitys is a high quality organisation offering assisted living for senior citizens.
When they purchased the land there was a disused small chateau in the grounds. They decided to totally restore it to its former glory and to establish a high quality hotel apartment there.
The result is in our view one of the best if not the best hotel in Albertville. A brand new building set in grounds secured with restricted access with very large and very comfortable apartments.
There are just 7 apartments in the building so we expect that this will be a very popular choice. Each apartment has a separate bedroom and a bathroom, as well as a seating area with sofa bed, a dining area and a kitchen equipped with a microwave.
You can keep your bike with you in your apartment as there is plenty of space. For evening meals you can either use the cooking facilities or visit one of many local restaurants.
Importantly after another anticipated tough Etape the hotel is perfectly located a short distance away from the bottom of the final climb meaning your well earned beer is just a quick descent away.
Les Chalets offers a warm and friendly welcome, comfortable bar perfect for relaxing after a long day in the saddle.
Access to the swimming pool and wellness activities is included with your stay. All the rooms are all clean and airy 2, 3, 4 bedded rooms and have en-suite bathrooms with wc, shower.
All rooms have satellite TV, direct dial telephone, safe, hairdryer and internet connection. Most also have a balcony. The Domaine du Grand Cellier offers a range of accommodation, with 6 apartments in the gites, or even the option to spend the weekend in a Mongolian Yurt or a specially adapted Wine Barrel!
You will stay in your own private accommodation, with breakfast together with other guests in the communal dining room, a converted set of stables.
As every apartment is individual, please have a good look at the photos and descriptions. Tournon is just 9km from the centre of Albertville, the start location for the Etape du Tour and just 6km from the Halle Olympique which is the venue of the Etape du Tour Expo village and registration.
There is no access for larger vehicles to this location so we are not able to offer airport transfers.
We have reserved this residence for those who are arriving by car only. Please arrive at the the Domaine today by making your own arrangements.
Please let us know your approximate arrival time so we can ensure that you are welcomed on arrival by your hosts.
You will be given a 24hr out of hours emergency phone number in case you have any issues. After breakfast you have plenty of time today to register for the Etape du Tour at the Halle Olympique which is located just 6km away from the Domaine.
If you have a warm up ride today then you can store your bike at the registration whilst you register.
We have an expo stand at the village so you can come and meet us in case you need any assistance. After an early breakfast, cycle over to the start of the Etape du Tour in Albertville centre.
After you finish in VAl Thorens our transport will bring you and your bike to the Halle Olympique in Albertville so you can cycle or drive back from there to the Domaine.
Completely renovated in , this high-roofed former vegetable store sleeps 2 people in twin beds or a double.
The gite has an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Completely renovated, and sleeping 2 people in 2 single beds se photos , this room has its own independent entrance, and an en-suite bathroom with shower.
Completely renovated, and sleeping 2 people in 2 single beds see photos , this room has its own independent entrance, and an en-suite bathroom with shower.
This large room for a family or group of friends consists of 2 double beds which can be changed for 4 single beds , a double sofa bed and a single sofa bed.
A private bathroom and WC are located on the same corridor. Completely renovated in , this gite has a private bedroom can be a double or twin , as well as a living area with double sofa bed.
There is an en-suite bathroom with shower, and the living area has a fully equipped kitchen. Entirely renovated, this apartment has 2 private double bedrooms can be twins as well as a living area with a double sofa bed.
There is an en-suite shower and a separate WC. The living area has a fully equipped kitchen. This is your chance to spend a weekend in a 10, litre wine barrel!
The barrel has been converted into a cosy bedroom in a Savoyard style, with either a double bed or 2 single beds. There is a recently renovated shower and WC block located nearby.
This authentic Yurt was transported all the way from Mongolia! The communal tent sleeps up to 4, with a large double bed and 2 seperate single beds.
Click on the Book Now at the top of the page. At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee.
The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
Please look here for our full booking conditions. To take part in the Etape du Tour you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date.
For an example copy of the kind of form have a look here, Medical certificate example cycling. Alternatively our partners offer online medical certification.
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends.
If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. We will pair you up with another rider of the same sex and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events.
There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page. That means you get closed roads, Mavic on-road mechanical support and feedzones like on the Tour de France.
The Etape always take place in July and in you and thousands of other amateur cyclists can ride stage 20 from Albertville to Val Thorens on Sunday 21 July.
This exact stage will be done by the pros on Saturday 27 July, Like for the Tour de France stage, a time schedule is published ahead of the Etape du Tour.
You have to pass cut off points on the route at certain times. The cut off points are areas where buses are parked and lorries to transport bikes.
If you get there too late you will not be allowed to pass and you are offered a seat on the bus which will take you to the finish.
Your bike is transported separately so you have to wait to recuperate it at the finish sometimes. You can enter on www.
It's easy to buy a guaranteed entry with Sports Tours International. We send you a pin code which you can use on the Etape du Tour website and you can buy all sorts of extras with us like hotels, airport transfers, bike transport options, bike rental, a shuttle back from the finish, mechanical support, additional feed stations and much more.
Why do it all yourself when we can take away all the stress for you so you can focus on the riding? Please note that your email address will be passed to our Enquiries Department, and your details will not be used for any other purpose.
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