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Etape du Tour 2019 - Albertville to Val Thorens

Etape du Tour 2019 - Albertville to Val Thorens

Event date 21st July 2019

The 2019 Etape du Tour takes place on Sunday 21 July in a beautiful Alpine setting with a start in Albertville and finish at high altitude in Val Thorens. Sports Tours International are the official Tour de France and Etape du Tour international travel partner. The Etape du Tour is your opportunity to ride a stage of the Tour de France on 100% closed roads on exactly the same route as the riders of the Tour de France peloton  who will ride this exact stage on Saturday 27th July.

The Étape du Tour is your opportunity to ride stage 20 of the 2019 Tour de France under similar race-day conditions as the Tour itself. That means you get closed roads, Mavic on-road mechanical support and feed zones like on the Tour de France.

Sports Tours International is the official tour operator of the 2019 Etape du Tour and we have the best selection of travel options for you. We have a wide selection of hotels in Albertville and the Moutiers area with guaranteed entry, airport transfers, event support, overland bike transport service, bike rental, mechanical services  and much more.

Why stay in the valley for the 2019 Etape du Tour?
One of the things to decide on is whether you choose to stay at altitude or in the valley for your Etape du Tour weekend.
We have chosen to stay in the valley for the following reasons:

  1. For a short stay it can be detrimental for sleep and rest ahead of the event to stay at altitude
  2. Warm up rides are difficult when staying at altitude as you can’t avoid significant climbing
  3. Airport transfers are relatively short from Geneva airport to hotels in the valley which is great for arrival as well as departure
  4. Best choice of hotels – we have chosen a variety of  the best to stay at in Albertville, La Lechere, Aigueblanche, Brides Les Bains and Moutiers
  5. Albertville is the venue of the event expo, registration and the start so you want to stay close and not have to go too far on Etape morning.

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Where to stay for the 2019 Etape du Tour – for more information about each hotel, click here:
We have chosen to stay in Albertville, La Lechere, Aigueblanche, Moutiers and Brides Les Bains. Apart from Albertville all these towns are situated at 25 to 35km from Albertville and about 35 to 50km from Val Thorens so centrally located for the 2019 Etape du Tour. Read more below so you can make an informed choice on where to stay.

Albertville – 60km to Val Thorens:
Tour de France riders often rode through Albertville to access the Tarentaise or Beaufortain valleys but they rarely stopped in town before the 2010s. Two out of the the last 3 starts from the Olympic city were won by French riders. In 2012, Pierre Rolland made the best of the dynamic format of the stage to win in La Toussuire. In 2016, Romain Bardet attempted a coup in the finale to St Gervais to win the stage and finish second in the GC. In 2018 Albertville was the start town for the stage to La Rosiere. Team Sky’s Mickel Nieve went solo 9km before the end. Only in the last kilometre, he was passed by Geraint Thomas who had attacked from the main group to catch Dumoulin. After winning the inaugural time trial in Düsseldorf last year, the Welshman took his first normal stage of the Tour de France ahead of Dumoulin and Froome. He then went on to win the Tour de France.

Our Albertville hotels:

  • 2 star hotel Le Savoie in the centre of Albertville on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 4 star Apart Hotel Parc de Jade, a renovated chateau set in its own grounds in the centre of Albertville

Your Etape du Tour itinerary in Albertville:

  • Friday – Airport transfers from Geneva airport which take 1.5 hours
  • Saturday – Cycle to registration and expo
  • Sunday – Cycle to the start. Take our transfer back to Albertville from Val Thorens
  • Monday – Airport transfers to Geneva airport

La Lechere and Aigueblanche – 25km to Albertville, 45km to Val Thorens:
La Lechere is a small town  in the Savoie, in the heart of the Alps. In summer the thermal baths are very popular for those seeking wellness, rest and relaxation.
The rural setting allows you to easily access many beautiful walks but also some climbs made famous in the Tour de France like the Col de la Madeleine. The proximity to many famous ski resorts and the development of the spa have also allowed it to make a name in the region.
Located at 10 kilometres from Moutiers it’s easy to access ski resorts like Valmorel but also the big resorts in the 3 Valleys and the rest of the Tarentaise valley. The foot of the Col de la Madeleine is within a 10 minute bike ride and there is a mostly flat cycling path which takes you directly into Albertville. The town of Aigueblanche is right next to La Lechere.

Our la Lechere hotels:

  • 3 star Hotel Radiana on half board basis
  • 2 star Hotel La Cabriere on half board basis

Your Etape du Tour itinerary in La Lechere:

  • Friday – Airport transfers from Geneva airport which take 2 hours
  • Saturday – Guided ride to Albertville registration and expo. Leave your bike at our overnight bike store next to the start. Transfer back. Evening meal
  • Sunday – Early breakfast, transfer to Albertville. Collect bike and cycle to the start. Take our transfer back to La Lechere from Val Thorens. Evening meal
  • Monday – Airport transfers to Geneva airport

Moutiers – 35km to Val Thorens, 25km to Albertville:
Moûtiers is the gateway into the Tarentaise and it is the access point to the Les Trois Vallées ski area and other nearby resorts. Moutiers has a large train station which even though it’s not accessible to TGV trains, it is a seasonally important destination for trains from Lyon, Paris and beyond. The hotel Terminus as the name suggests is straight across from the train station so ideal if you are arriving by train.

Our Moutiers hotels:

  • 2 star Hotel Terminus on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 star Hotel Inn on half board basis

Your Etape du Tour itinerary in Moutiers:

  • Friday – Airport transfers from Geneva airport which take 2 hours
  • Saturday – Guided ride to Albertville registration and expo. Leave your bike at our overnight bike store next to the start. Transfer back. Evening meal at Hotel Inn only
  • Sunday – Early breakfast, transfer to Albertville. Collect bike and cycle to the start. Cycle back to your hotel. Evening meal at Hotel Inn only
  • Monday – Airport transfers to Geneva airport

Brides Les Bains – 35km to Albertville, 35km to Val Thorens:
Brides-les-Bains is a famous thermal resort and since 1992 a winter sport resort as a cable car to Meribel was built. Brides is a year round tourist destination in the heart of Savoie region, at 600 meters of altitude, at the foot of “Les 3 Vallées”. In winter, the cable car ” Olympe ” takes skiers up to the most extensive ski area in the world. In the summer Brides Les Bains is busy with summer activities and the main attraction is the thermal baths and of course the road cycling.

Our Brides Les Bains hotels:

  • 4 star Hotel Mercure Brides Les Bains on half board basis
  • 3 star Hotel Athena on half board basis

Your Etape du Tour itinerary in Brides Les Bains:

  • Friday – Airport transfers from Geneva airport which take 2 hours
  • Saturday – Guided ride to Albertville registration and expo. Leave your bike at our overnight bike store next to the start. Transfer back. Evening meal
  • Sunday – Early breakfast, transfer to Albertville. Collect bike and cycle to the start. Cycle back to your hotel after the finish. Evening meal
  • Monday – Airport transfers to Geneva airport

Why ride the 2019 Etape du Tour with us?

  • We welcome all nationalities
  • We offer a selection of hotel and support packages to suit all budgets
  • The option to buy a guaranteed entry to the 2019 Etape du Tour at just £99
  • Bike rental available – More info
  • A choice of hotels in good locations in the valley
  • We facilitate various travel options like airport transfers and self drive and arrival by train
  • Breakfasts and evening meal times are in line with the event timings so early breakfast and early or later evening meals will be provided where required
  • Dedicated additional feed stations for Sports Tours International customers
  • Airport transfers for you and your bike from the airport
  • Secure bike storage at your hotel or residence
  • Assistance of Sports Tours reps and mechanics including a professional race briefing
  • Etape du Tour training plan every month from January 2019
  • Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • Payments are financially protected by ABTA

By taking a package tour to the 2019 Etape du Tour, you will benefit from our years of logistical experience in taking cyclists to cyclosportive and granfondo events. If you would like to read a report of the Etape du Tour, read the report by Road Cycling UK’s Assistant Editor George Scott on the Road Cycling UK website.


Travel Itinerary:

Thursday 18th July, 2019 – optional early arrival day:
We are not providing airport transfers today but if you would like to arrive a bit earlier under your own steam then extra nights are available on request. sales@sportstoursinternational.co.uk or call (00)44(0)1617038161

Friday 19th July, 2019 – main arrival day:
We have chosen Geneva airport as our arrival airport as it offers by far the most direct and indirect flight options from many countries. If you are making use of our airport transfer service, please give us your flight arrival details. We have arranged coach transfers at various times throughout the day from the airport. Please note, flights are going to be in high demand on this date, so we advise you to book early to guarantee a flight seat and a good price.

We have a welcome desk all day where we will welcome you and get you onto the transport. Our vehicles are equipped with trailers to transport your bike and luggage. The transfer from  Geneva to Albertville take about 1.5 hours and about 2 hours to the Moutiers area which is where most of our hotels are located. Our last transfer from the airport departs at 20:00, so please make sure your flights land far enough in advance of this time for you to go through passport control and collect your bags.
Alternatively, the Eurostar direct from London/Ashford to Lyon takes less than 5 hours. From Lyon, it’s 3 hours direct/indirect by train to Moutiers, ideal for the Hotel Terminus.

We have a wide selection of hotels available on bed and breakfast and half board basis. Please note that if you arrive late today then your evening meal maybe in the form of a cold plate as the restaurant maybe closed. Don’t forget travel insurance – Please visit our insurance page.

If you don’t want to fly with your bike then why not make use of our convenient door to door Overland bike transport service from mainland UK at £195 per bike.

If you have rented a bike from us then it will be available for you on arrival – Bike rental options – £ for a Cannondale Carbon bike equipped with Shimano Ultegra – More information here.

Saturday 20th July, 2019 –  EXPO and registration in Albertville:
After breakfast, please make your way to the EXPO and registration area at the Halle Olympique in Albertville where you will be able to register for the Etape du Tour. Sports Tours International have an expo stand in the Etape du Tour village and our staff are on hand to assist you where required. Today the logistics are slightly different depending on where you are staying.

Albertville:
If you are staying at the hotel Le Savoie or the Parc de Jade in Albertville, then please make your own way to and from the expo today.

La Lechere/Aigueblanche/Moutiers/Brides Les Bains:
If you are staying in any of the hotels in these areas then we offer today a guided ride over to Albertville for you to test your bike and to spin your legs ahead of tomorrow’s big event. The distance is 25 to 35 kilometres depending on what hotel you are at on a mostly flat valley road. Once you get to the expo, you will store your bike with us in a secure overnight storage area and you will take our transport back to your hotel from the expo at set times later this afternoon.
In the morning, we will bring you back to Albertville and you will collect your bike ahead of starting the Etape du Tour.

We offer guaranteed entry into the Etape du Tour at a price of £99 if booked with a travel package or £175 as ‘entry only’ without a travel package. Don’t forget that you need a medical certificate to take part in the Etape du Tour – We offer an Online medical certification serviceMore information here.

Sunday 21st July, 2019 – L’Etape du Tour 2019:
This morning those staying in Albertville can cycle to the start. We will collect everyone else from their hotels without bikes as all bikes will be stored overnight in Albertville. Wear some comfortable light shoes and clothes which you can hand to us in Albertville before you start. You can use the drawstring bag that we provide to you for this. We will hand this back to you at the finish in Val Thorens so please don’t put too much in the bag as you will have to cycle with it on the descent back down from Val Thorens.

We anticipate a 07:00/08:00 start for the Etape, so we have organised early breakfasts at all hotels so you can get to the start early to ensure everyone is lined up in the right pens for the start. The organisers allocate pens according to likely finish time and historic Etape performance, therefore faster riders start nearer the front and the slower riders at the back. Please note, we have no influence over your starting pen. The Etape du Tour is a closed road sportive. There will be water stops en-route and mechanical assistance provided by MAVIC. Along the route, there are certain times that you must have passed certain spots.

Sports Tours International food and assistance points:
Especially for Sports Tours international riders there will be additional food and assistance points on the route which give you better access than at the normal feed stops. many of our riders actually use just our feed stops and avoid the official ones. On the 2019 Etape du Tour we will provide at least 2 private feed stations plus a reception area at the finish where you can sit and recover whilst you have something to eat and drink. At the finish we’ll ensure that there is plenty of savoury food and maybe even a couple of beers as you’ll have had enough of all the sweet stuff!

Transfer to the start and day bag service:
As many of you will not be staying in Albertville it will be too far to ride to the start. You’ll be doing enough cycling already so we will provide a bus transfer. It makes sense to wear some comfortable shoes and clothing over your cycling gear for the bus journey. When you get on your bike in Albertville we give you the option to hand us a bag with all your items of clothing. It’s available for you at the finish in Val Thorens so please don’t overload it as you need to either wear it or carry it on your ride back down.

The return from the finish:
The finish is in the ski resort of Val Thorens. The route of the Etape du Tour will take you up a side road but this road will re-join the main access road at about 11 kilometres from the finish. As this is the only road to Val Thorens, the road will remain closed for cars until after the finish of the Etape du Tour for security reasons. It is however possible to descend back down the main road as a two-way system will be put in place for cyclists only.

At the finish, you will be able to enjoy the usual food and drink and this year there will also be a Sports Tours International welcome area where you can park your bike (at your own risk) and we will offer you some food and drinks so you can recover before you descend back down the hill. Depending on where you are staying, you can either descend straight back to your hotel or take our transport back.

For those who are staying at hotels in Moutiers and Brides Les Bains, you can descend back to your hotel whenever you want. For those who are staying with us in La Lechere, Aigueblanche and Albertville, we will provide transport for you and your bike back to your hotels. We have secured a parking space on the main road down from Val Thorens where our buses are parked.

For those who have booked hotel packages with the evening meal included, we will ensure that there is a later meal time tonight.

If you have booked bike rental or our overland bike transport service then your bike will be collected back from you this evening.

Monday 22nd July, 2019 – Departure day:
After breakfast we will start running transfers back to the airport. If you are making your own way home, you will need to leave the hotel mid morning. Our earliest airport transfer is at 06.00 for flights departing after 10:00.

Please note that if you book a flight earlier than 10.00 we cannot provide an airport transfer.

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Prices from £379 per person with the below included....

Included with your 2019 Etape du Tour travel package:

  • 3 nights at your chosen hotel (extra nights available on request)
  • 3 breakfasts including an early breakfast on Etape du Tour day
  • 3 evening meals in line with event timings (if you book a hotel which includes this)
  • Airport transfers for you, luggage and your bike from Geneva airport
  • Guided warm up ride on Saturday to Albertville
  • Use of overnight bike store in Albertville
  • Transfer to the start on Sunday morning
  • Transfer back to the your hotel after the finish – riders in Moutiers and Brides Les Bains will ride back
  • Secure bike storage at your chosen hotel
  • All hotel taxes
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • A safe pair of hands – More information
  • Our staff service. Please see details below
  • Payments are financially protected by ABTA

Our staff service at the Etape du Tour includes the following:

  • An Etape du Tour race briefing
  • Assistance at the event expo
  • Mechanical support from our professional mechanics
  • Daily hotel visits from our team of bike guides
  • Two additional feed stations on the route
  • A welcome area at the finish with food and drink
  • A day bag service with bag available at the finish
  • Airport meet and greet and return airport transfers

Also available:

  • Overland bike transport service from England & Wales at £195 per bike – More information here
  • Guaranteed Etape du Tour entry at just £99
  • Bike rental options – £209 for a carbon bike equipped with Shimano Ultegra – More information here
  • Specialist Sports Travel Insurance – do not travel without insurance and don’t forget to insure your bike. Please visit our insurance page
  • Online medical certification serviceMore information here
  • Sports Travel Essentials. Please click here to view our page.

HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

Please see here for our full booking conditions.

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Important Information:

Medical certificate:
To take part in the 2019 Etape du Tour you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date. For an example copy of the kind of form have a look here, Medical certificate example cycling. Alternatively our partners offer online medical certification.

PLEASE NOTE, AT ETAPE REGISTRATION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT A DOCTOR’S NOTE STATING THERE ARE NO KNOWN MEDICAL REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT COMPETE. PLEASE VISIT OUR MEDICAL CERTIFICATION PAGE (HERE) FOR MORE INFORMATION. THIS IS LEGAL REQUIREMENT AND FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL MEAN THAT YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE ETAPE.

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

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