Watching the Tour de France

Watching the Tour de France


The Tour de France is quite a spectacle for cyclists and non-cyclists alike with all the publicity vehicles passing ahead of the riders throwing out gifts to the waiting crowds. The atmosphere on the mountain climbs is particularly special.

For cyclists Tignes is an ideal venue to experience the excitement of the Tour combined with a local cyclosportive event and riding some of the legendary local climbs.

Non-cyclists will have plenty to occupy them too – shopping in the local markets, hiking, paragliding, white water sports, swimming, sunbathing – although they are bound to get caught up in the excitement when the Tour passes through.

The Tour takes place during the first 3 weeks of July each year. The 2014 route does not bring it very close to us but the closest stages in 2014 are as follows:

Friday 18 July - Stage 13 - Sainte Etienne - Chamrousse - 197.5km

Saturday 19 July - Stage 14 - Grenoble - Risoul- 144 km.

See the full route at