The Grand Final for the climbers and maybe for the Yellow Jersey will once again be played in the Alps on a short and intense stage for which one will have to keep energy… and cold blood.Indeed after the climbs to the Col de la Ramaz, and then Joux Plane, the Tour could well be decided on a long 12-kilometre downhill portion. A first!
Numerous stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné have started from the ski resort. In 2014, one of the most exciting outcomes of recent times was launched there. On the way to Courchevel, Alberto Contador would lose ground while Christopher Froome struggled against a royal breakaway led by the likes of Romain Bardet. Mikel Nieve would win the stage but the performance of the day would be for Andrew Talansky, final winner of the event.