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Tour de France 2020: Alpine Stages

The 107th edition of the Tour de France will cover 3,470km over 21 stages, and will feature 29
categorised climbs.
The 107th edition will feature 8 mountain stages with 4 summit finishes, 9 flat stages, 3 hilly stages, and 1 individual time trial on the penultimate day and 2 rest days before the riders finish as usual on the cobblestones of the Champs Elysees.
The five mountain ranges of France will be on the menu for the 107th Tour de France: Alps,
Massif central, Pyrenees, Jura and Vosges.
The 2020 Tour de France will take place one week earlier than its normal place in the calendar, kicking off on Saturday 27 June and concluding on Sunday 19 July - this will allow riders with dreams of the Tokyo Olympics to travel and aclimaise ahead of the road race on Saturday 25 July.
Sunday 13th July: Arrival day
We will collect clients from Geneva airport  09:00hrs & 15:00hrs for transport to our hotel in Annecy, alternitivley those who live in the UK or Europe can catch the Eurostar & TGV to Annecy. Where we shall spend the next 5 nights on halfboard.
Our location in Annecy is ideal for seeing the stages in the alps or you can take time off from seeing the Tour de France, and spend some relaxing time around the lake or sight seeing around the old town of Annecy.
There are lots of beautiful bike rides around Annecy.
Col du Vorger
Col de la Croix Fry
Col des Aravis
Col du Marais
Col de l'Epine
Le Semmnoz
Col de la Forclaz
Col de Chérel
Col du Tamié
Col de l'Arpettaz
View the area
Annecy Lake

Lake Annecy
Tuesday 14th July: Stage 16 (La Tour du Pin to Villard de Lans 164km)
Today there’s no easy reintroduction into the race following their second
rest day with a mountainous stage that includes four categorised climbs
before the final climb to the finish at Villard de Lans.
Cote de Virleu (562M)
Cole de Porte (1326M)
Cote de Revel (752M)
Montee de Saint Nizier du Moucherotte (1169M)
Tour de France Caravan

Tour de France Caravan
After breakfast we shall travel to the village of Domene where we shall
see today's stage at the bottom of the 3rd categorised climb of today's
stage (Cote de Revel 752M )
Options for the bike riders today.
Those with bikes can ride out from the hotel in Annecy to see today's stage on the Cote de Revel and return back to the hotel on the coach. (120km ride) or get dropped off on route to the stage
.
Stage Profile
Wednesday 15th July: Stage 17 (Grenoble to Méribel Col de la Loze 168km)
The race heads into the Alps proper with a summit finish to the Méribel up the
Col de la Loze (2,304M) on a newly built road for cyclists that looks spectacular.
Riders will have to traverse the HC Col de la Madeleine en route, after the
resort of Méribel. They’ll still have an extra 7 irregular kilometres to climb with
several passages at over 20%.
Julian Alaphilippe on the Col de la Madeleine 2019
After an early breakfast we shall travel to the base of the HC climb
Col de la Madeleine (2000M), where we shall see today's stage.
Options for the bike riders today.
Those with bikes can ride out from the hotel in Annecy to see today's stage on
the Col de la Madeleine and return back to the hotel on the coach. (106km ride)
or get dropped off on route to the stage
.

Julian Alaphilippe on the Col de la Madeleine 2019
Stage Profile
Thursday 16th July: Stage 18 (Méribel to La Roche-sur-Foron 168km)
Today's stage is made for the most enduring climbers, with over
4,000M of climbing.
The peloton will ascend the following climbs in the following order:
Cormet de Roselend 2018

Cormet de Roselend 2018
Options for the bike riders today.
Those with bikes can ride out from the hotel in Annecy to see today's stage on the Col des Aravis and ride back to the hotel. (82km return ride) or after seeing the stage on the Col des Aravis decend to the town of Flumet and return on the coach (51km ride)
After breakfast we shall travel to the town of Flumet base of the
Col des Aravis(1478M) where we shall see today's stage.
Cormet de Roselend (1968M)
Col des Saisies (1624M)
Col des Aravis (1487M)
Plateau des Glières (1390)
Stage Profile
Friday 17th July: Stage 19 (Bourg-en-Bresse to Champagnole 160km)
Today's is a flat stage which should allow the sprinters the opportunity to
shine, having survived the last three days in the Alps. Giving the GC
contenders to focus on the challenge that awaits the following day, an
unusual penultimate stage.
Options for the bike riders today.
Those with bikes can ride out from the hotel in Annecy to see today's
stage start in Bourg-en-Bresse and return back to the hotel on the coach.
(107km ride) or get dropped off on route to the stage
.
Tour de France Start

Tour de France Start
Saturday 18th July: Departure day
After breakfast we leave Annecy and travel to Geneva for your return flight.

Alternatively you can spend an two extra nights in Paris on bed & breakfast at the 3* Hotel Ibis Tour
Eiffel Cambronne ,
France's capital, which is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy
and culture.

Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine.

Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century,
Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and
designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

On your arrival in Paris you will be met by our coach which will take
you to the Paris hotel Ibis Tour Eiffel Cambronne where you will be
able to freshen up before exploring the sights of Paris.

In the evening you will have an option of taking a River Seine
Dinner Cruise.
Paris by night

Paris by night from the River Seine
Sunday 19th July: Stage 21 (Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris Champs-Élysées 122km)
You will be able to see the final stage on the Champs Elysees, which
will be an evening stage.

After seeing the stage you can make your own way back to our Paris
hotel where we spend our last night on bed and buffet breakfast basis.

The hotel is a reasonably short distance to walk from the
Champs Elysees.

Egan Bernal 2019 winner
Egan Bernal 2019 winner
Monday 20th July: Paris Departure day
After breakfast we leave Paris. We offer transfers from the hotel to Paris
Charles de Gaulle airport or Paris Gare de Lyon.
Included in your travel package are:
·   Airport transfers from Geneva Airport
·   5 nights bed and buffet breakfast accommodation
·   5 Evening meals
·   Air conditioned coach transport throughout
·   Special bike trailer for safe keeping and transport of your bike
·   Bike storage at the hotel
·   Bike riding guide
·   Coloured maps with highlighted ride routes
·   GPS routes
·   Services of two guides, 1 riding and 1 non-riding
·   A comprehensive itinerary

Not included:
·   Your journey to France.
·   Any meals and drinks not noted above
·   Any extras at your accommodation
After breakfast we shall travel to the town of Bourg-en-Bresse to see
today's stage start.
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Photos by Andy Jones (Cycling Weekly)
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