Le Grand-Bornand, ''gateway to the Alps'' of the Tour de France 2021

Published on 01/11/2020.

The announcement has been made tonight by the director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme, confirming the rumour that has been growing since a few days in the press and on the social networks: Le Grand-Bornand, Bernard Hinault's heart station, will have the honour to host the Tour de France on Saturday, July 3, as the finish town of a 8th stage Oyonnax / Le Grand-Bornand.


This will also be the 8th time since the summer of 1995 that the Aravis resort has hosted a stage of the Grande Boucle, which has been awarded the "Accueil Vélo" label and is a permanent candidate to host the Tour, and is also recognised for its dynamic event, which is regularly cited as an example. This is demonstrated by the organisation, in 2013, 2017, 2019 and soon 2021, of the French stage of the Biathlon World Cup Annecy-Le Grand-Bornand , or the success of sporting and cultural events such as Glisse en Coeur, the number one charity event in the French mountains, and the Au Bonheur des Mômes festival, the European meeting place for live shows for young audiences.
Another highlight for Le Grand-Bornand will be, on the occasion of this 108th edition of the Tour de France, to open the always very spectacular - and expected - alpine phase of the race, with its share of prestigious mountain passes and other legendary routes, such as the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombière, which will undoubtedly be one of the sporting highlights of this stage.
This new welcome of the Tour reinforces the strong and intense "cycling culture" of Le Grand-Bornand supported, among others, by the dynamism of its Vélo-Club, organiser of successful races like the cyclosportive "La Grand-Bo" or the cycling climb "Le Bouquetin".
A "cycling culture" also carried by the numerous cyclists who, all year round, criss-cross the roads of this fabulous cycling destination that is the Annecy Mountains territory (Annecy, its lake and its mountains) with its remarkable passes (Aravis, Colombière, La Croix Fry, Glières passes,...) and its 1580 kilometres of signposted roads for cyclists.
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Published on 01/11/2020