Cyclists in the area are used to climbing the Grand Colombier, a fearsome —and feared— mountain pass in the Jura Massif from its four sides. The Tour peloton will face a similar challenge when it tackles the summit from two different sides in the same stage. A tricky descent awaits before the finish in Culoz.
The prefecture of the Ain area had to wait until the XXIst century to welcome the Tour de France and witness in 2002 the first stage victory of a future green jersey, Thor Hushovd. Five years later, another sprinter, Tom Boonen, lifted his arms to the sky and captured the green jersey that he would no longer lose on the way to Paris. More recently, during the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné, Bradley Wiggins had sealed his success by claiming the time-trial.