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TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
The Vosges & Alps Stages
11th to 20th July 2014
This tour is for those people who have a limited time to watch the 2014 Tour de France but who want to see some of the most exciting and dramatic stages.
The first mountain stages of the 2014 Tour de France will take place in the beautiful Vosges region of Eastern France and on this tour you will see 2 Mountain top finishes (Gerardmer La Mauselaine & La Planche des Belles Filles) plus a hilly stage to Mulhouse. It is on these stages that riders with any ambitions of a high placing in Paris must show their faces. We have seen in previous Tours de France that the first mountain stages are more exciting than some of the final stages. It is on these stages that you’ll get to see which riders are hot, and which are not.
We then travel down to Alpe d'huez for the second part of our trip where the first high mountain stages of the 2014 Tour de France will take place in the Alps and both of them will be very hard stages with difficult summit finishes.
You will see the 200km long stage from St Etienne to the ski station of Chamrousse which is situated at 1730mts high above the city of Grenoble, followed by the Grenoble to Risoul stage that takes in the Col du Lauteret (2058mts) and Col d’Izoard (2360mts and the highest point of the 2014 TDF).
For those bringing bikes you will be able to ride the climbs that feature on the 2014 Route du Tour such as the climbs of Gerardmer La Mauselaine & La Planche des Belles Filles along with other Alpine climbs like the famous L’Alpe d’Huez & Galibier
We will spend 4 nights in the city of Mulhouse at the 3* Hotel du Parc with breakfasts and evening meals included followed by 5 nights in the famous ski resort of L’Alpe d’Huez on Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at the excellent Chalet Bruyeres.
Please arrange your own flight to Basel-Mulhouse airport where our reps will meet you and we will offer regular transfers to your hotel in the centre of Mulhouse.
Sports Tours International is the most experienced tour operator to the Tour de France. We have been taking you to see the Tour for twenty years and give you a fantastic trip with amazing insights into the Tour.
To supplement your itinerary and make this trip extra special, we have some VIP hospitaility options available for you as well.
Our planned itinerary for this trip of the 2014 Tour de France - please note, this is the intended itinerary at this stage but things may change between now and the actual time of the Tour.
Friday the 11th of July:
Arrange your own flight into Basel-Mulhouse airport, where we meet you and offer regular transfers from the airport to the centre of Mulhouse where we shall spend 4 nights on Half board at the 3* Hotel du Parc.
Saturday 12th July:
Our location in Mulhouse is ideal for accessing the stage. After breakfast we leave Mulhouse and travel the short distance to the town of Gerardmer for the stage finish. Those with bikes will be able to ride from Mulhouse to Gerardmer (70km) or travel part way on our vehicle and ride the rest.
Sunday 13th July:
When more details of the stage are released we will arrange bike rides accordingly. Those without bikes will be able to spend the morning at leisure in Mulhouse prior to seeing the stage finish in the afternoon.
After seeing the stage in our chosen location we return to our hotel in Mulhouse and enjoy our evening meal.
Monday 14th July:
After breakfast we leave Mulhouse and travel the short distance to the base of the climb to La Planche des Belles Filles, where those without bikes will be able to walk onto the climb to see the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles (72km) or travel part way on the bus and ride the rest.
After the stage finish, we return to our vehicle and get back to our hotel in Mulhouse for the evening meal.
Tuesday 15th July:
Apart from being located on one of the most famous cycling climbs in the world, L’Alpe d’Huez offers excellent access to both Alpine stages of the 2014 Tour de France.
Wednesday 16th July:
1. Leave L’Alpe d’Huez from the Altiport, descend the Col de Sarrene (as the TDF did last year) to Bourg d’Oisans and climb the 21 hairpin bends of L’Alpe d’Huez
2. Ride to the famous Col du Galibier and return to L’Alpe d’Huez
3. Ride the classic route of the L’Alpe d’Huez Triathlon taking in the climbs of Grand Serre, Ornon and finally L’Alpe d’Huez.
Thursday 17th July:
Friday 18th July:
After breakfast we shall leave L’Alpe d’Huez on the bus and travel to Uriage les Bians (base of Chamrousse climb) to see the stage. Those with bikes will be able to ride to Chamrousse from L’Alpe d’Huez (50km descent!!!). Alternatively, travel on the bus to Uriage les Bains and ride the climb of Chamrousse.
Those without bikes will be taken to the base of the climb and will be able to walk onto the lower slopes to see the stage. At an extra supplement, we are able to offer helicopter travel to see the stage. You will be escorted to the Heliport in L’Alpe d’Huez and flown over the high alps to the ski station of Chamrousse to see the finish. After seeing the stage you will be flown back over the high alps to L’Alpe d’Huez heliport from where you will be able to walk back to your hotel.
After seeing the stage we shall regroup at the base of the climb, reload the bikes and return to L’Alpe d’Huez, ready for tomorrow’s mountain stage to Risoul.
Saturday 19th July:
Our location in L’Alpe d’Huez is excellent for accessing the stage, as the stage passes through the town of Bourg d’Oisans (base of L’Alpe d’Huez) as it starts the climb of the Col du Lauteret. It offers those with bikes numerous options of bike rides and where to see the stage....
1. Ride the famous Col du Galibier in the morning and then see the stage on the Lauteret in the afternoon.
2. Ride the TDF route from L’Alpe d’Huez to the Col de L’Izoard to see the stage taking in the climbs of Lauteret and Izoard. After seeing the stage return to L’Alpe d’Huez on the bus.
3. Ride from L’Alpe d’Huez to Risoul via the Lauteret but missing the Izoard. After seeing the stage return to L’Alpe d’Huez on the bus.
Those without bikes will be taken on the bus to Guillestre and will be able to walk onto the lower slopes of the final climb to Risoul.
Once again we shall be offering the Helicopter package, that includes flight to Risoul for the stage finish and return flight back to L’Alpe d’Huez. See separate supplement.
Sunday 20th July:
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