Tour de France - Morzine stage finish 2016
Le Tour Stage 20 Finished in Morzine in July 2016
We were delighted that final mountain stage in Morzine in 2016.
Ion Izagirre claimed his first Tour de France stage victory as he arrived solo in Morzine after riding away from Vincenzo Nibali and Jarlinson Pantano in the downhill of col de Joux-Plane. The stage start was in Megeve, it was a 146km long staged and included four mountain tops:
- The first climb - Col des Aravis 21 kilometres in total.
- The second climb - Col de la Colombière – starting on the easier eastern side, it averages 6% averaging around 6% for 12.5 kilometres.
- After a long and fast descent, the riders eventually arrived at foot of Col de la Ramaz. This is slightly over 7% and 13,9 kilometres, however, the tenth kilometre is steepest at 11.5%.
- The final climb - Col de Joux-Plane This starts at an average gradient of 8.5%. while the steepest kilometre – the tenth – is 10.5%.
The You Tube video opposite is of the stage.
Opposite we also have a picture of when the stage finish was at Avoriaz, a few years ago, and the profile of this year's stage 20.
The Etape - 10th July 2016:
The Etape is the biggest challenge all amateur cyclists aim for, it is held every year and follows the route of one of the hardest stages of the Tour de France, it is organised by the same organisation as the Tour. The route followed the same climbs, the same villages and the same race conditions as The Tour. Around 15,000 participants were involved.
2010 Le Tour went through Les Gets...
On Sunday 11th July 2010, Stage 8 of The Tour went from Station des Rousses and finished at the mountain top of Morzine-Avoriaz, it went through the village of Les Gets. We watched the finish at Avoriaz, after some two hours of entertainment, the winners of the juniour race came through, then the pro's.
When we got back, we heard that Lance Armstrong had to dismount just outside Bar Bush in Les Gets - he almost crashed but managed to avoid this.
I (Mark) have ridden from the Chalet, down into Morzine and then up to Aviriaz many times - the climb is very much like Alp d'Huez - only around two thirds the height - and there are pleanty of coffee shops at the top!
Some of the famous Hors and Cat 1 local climbs include:
Col de Joux Plane
Col de la Colombiere
Col de Joux Verte
Col de Corbier
For suggested routes for three days good road cycling, please see our road cycling page