2016 Tour de France
Monday, 25 July 2016
This year on July 23rd, Morzine played host to the second to final stage of the 2016 Tour de France. This epic event consists of a 21 day-long stages over a 23-day period and covers around 3,500 kilometers. The race alternates between clockwise and counterclockwise circuits of France. The number of teams usually varies between 20 and 22, with nine riders each.
This stage began in Megeve and entered Morzine via the Col du Joux-Plane and ended in the main square opposite the Tourist Office. Ion Izagirre claimed his first Tour de France stage as he arrived solo in Morzine. Despite the driving rain the crowds were out in full force to cheer on the riders. Chris Froome is poised to win his third Tour de France title and it is almost a done deal that he will ride down the Champs-Elysees and cross the finish line as the overall winner. Conditions on the final Alpine stage were tricky, but despite the potential for chaos on the descent, all the major players stayed upright. The event was a huge success and drew many visitors to both Morzine and Les Gets.