L’Alpe d’Huez - Rustique
Welcome to the Tour de France
Your guides will greet you in Grenoble and welcome you to the Land of Oz. It’s a real place, just down the road from the iconic l’Alpe d’Huez. We’ll transfer to Chalet Lingayoni, our home for the next four days. After getting fit to our Cannondale SuperSixes we’ll take off into the mountainside around l’Alpe d’Huez. We won’t climb it just yet, instead exploring the quiet and challenging roads nearby with stunning alpine views and excellent climbs. Enjoy dinner tonight back at the Chalet. The owner, a wine distributor, will have some treats in store for us.
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 42 miles / 67.5 km.
Climbing: 5,623 feet / 1,713 meters
Destinations: Oz, L’alpe d’Huez
Today we’ll conquer the legend itself, l’Alpe d’Huez. At 14 km at 8%, it is hard. But it’s equally beautiful, both for the views it offers and the stories it tells. Save some legs for the Col de Sarenne, a climb never before featured in the Tour de France but which will be raced tomorrow. Enjoy the thrilling descent skirting the cliff side before plummeting through deciduous forest. The base will lead us to a third TDF climb, Les Deux Alpes. We’ll only ascend a few kilometers before descending toward the valley floor. Back at Lingayoni, enjoy the sauna or order a massage before another replenishing meal.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 49 miles / 78.8 km.
Climbing: 6,093 feet / 1,857 meters
Destinations: L’Alpe d’Huez, Col De Sarenne, Les Deux Alpes
Col de la Croix de Fer and the Tour de France
Begin the day with another legendary climb, the Col de la Croix de Fer. It stands at 19.5 miles at almost 6% average grade. After the final push to the summit, we’ll turn around and immediately begin the climb to the top of the Col du Glandon. If two HC climbs in one day doesn’t earn you bragging rights, nothing does. Now we have a race to catch. Descend back to Oz to tackle one more climb before taking the chair lift to l’Alpe d’Huez to see history in the making as the peloton races toward the finish. Tonight we’ll truly enjoy our welldeserved meal at Lingayoni.
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Mileage: 35 miles / 56 km.
Climbing: 6,266 feet / 1,910 meters
Destinations: Col De La Croix De Fer, Col Du Glandon, Oz, L’alpe D’huez
THE INFAMOUS GALIBIER
Today is a climbing marathon. Literally. We’ll tackle the 26-mile Col du Galibier, another iconic Tour de Franc col. Ride in the company of legends like Merckx, Poulidor, and Coppi, all of whom left their marks on the mountain. The path to the summit is not easy, but is without a doubt worth it. Refuel at the top before an awesome descent. Tonight we’ll reward ourselves with a fantastic fondue dinner. Melted cheese and bread are hardy fare, but we’ve earned it.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 71 miles / 114 km.
Climbing: 8,271 feet / 2,521 meters
Destinations: Col du Galibier
Showdown in Annecy
Giving our legs a rest today, we’ll transfer to Annecy for a recovery ride around its stunning alpine lake. We’ll be sure to be done in time for the real spectacle: a summit finish on Mont Semnoz that could very well decide the final outcome of the race. Watch the final battle of the Tour and get exclusive access to the Tour Village with VIP passes. And after the race is over, we’ll have private access to the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team, hopefully to congratulate them on a successful Tour. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own in beautiful lakeside Annecy.
Mileage: 23 miles / 37 km.
Climbing: 531 feet / 161 meters
Destinations: Annecy, Lake Annecy
The City of Lights will take on new meaning tonight when the Tour crosses the ultimate finish line on Paris’s Champs-Élysées under the lights for the very first time. With our VIP passes we’ll be right on the Champs to watch the sprinters duke it out for one last shot at glory and the maillot jaune wearer toast his victory with a glass of Champagne. Can Cannondale’s Sagan take the stage this year? Meet the Cannondale team one last time before we head out for a delicious feast in Paris, celebrating our own victory over the Alps at one of the famed fine dining destinations in Paris.
Meals: Breakfast / Light lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Paris, the Champs-Élysées
Vive le Tour
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and reflect on all the spectacular moments from the past week at the Tour de France and in the Alps. Your guides will make sure your transportation is arranged and see you off to the train station or airport.