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Sportive Date 14th July 2019
Nights Available 3 to 7
Etape du Tour Annecy France
Sportive Overview
Etape du Tour By Sportive Breaks
Routes & FAQs
Travel Packages
Tour Overview

Etape du Tour

The most famous sportive in the world! The Etape du Tour is your chance to ride a stage of the Tour de France over completely closed roads and an absolutely stunning route. What makes the Etape so special? The atmosphere on the route is great with riders from around the world and friendly locals helping you up every climb. The organisation is excellent and the race directors who plan the route with meticulous attention to detail are the best in the world. That means you are guaranteed to be riding a very special route with stunning views, historic climbs, fun descents and lots of points of interest. From years of experience, we highly recommend booking at least an extra night to come for at least 4 nights, this gives you extra days for warm up rides in a beautiful part of the world and if you are flying, you avoid the madness at the airport on the Friday as people arrive from all corners of the globe to ride the Etape.

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Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Ride the most famous sportive on the planet

    There is nothing quite like the Etape. The host town buzzes all weekend with the sound of cycling enthusiasts from around the world. The atmosphere on the course is great with locals cheering you round the whole way.

  • Ride new climbs on our warm up rides

    Take advantage of your time in the mountains by joining our warm up rides. We have two routes per day and mix route recons with new climbs.

Rider Review: Etape du Tour

Rider Review: Etape du Tour

  • Ride Report: Etape du Tour 2016

    When the route was initially announced in October, it looked like a slightly easier Etape than previous years with one exception – the last climb. In the week leading up to the race, it was announced that the Col de la Ramaz had been removed from the route d ..

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Coming soon, the 2019 Etape du Tour. Your chance to ride the most famous sportive in the world over the Queen's stage of the most famous cycling race in the world - the Tour de France. The route will be announced in October 2018 and we will have travel packages available soon after.

Why Book With Us

  • A range of hotels close to the race village
  • Sportive Breaks mechanic on site
  • Free warm up rides
  • Race day transfers & easy airport transfers to Geneva


Thursday 5th July

We have two warm up rides. Option One - Semnoz Loop from Annecy (50km, one climb). Option Two - Romme / Colombier Loop from Le Grand Bornand (65km, three climbs)

Friday 6th July

Another two warm up rides. Option One - Etape first half recon from Annecy (100km, two climbs). Option Two - Gileres Recon from Annecy (80km, one climb)

Saturday 7th July

Final prep for the Etape. Early spin around the lake (45km, no climbs).

Sunday 8th July

Etape day! Early breakfast and then in pens for a start from 7am.


Other Services

  • Bike Rental

    Range of bike rental available for the Etape.

Routes & FAQs

The Routes


Etape du Tour 2018

Choose the Route

Ride Distance: 169

Elevation gain: 4017

This is the 2018 Route. 2019 details to come in October,

Extras with your Sportive

Every year we take thousands of riders to sportives around the world. While every rider is different, there are a number of shared needs from a trip. We try and add just the things you really need to have a great time and ride at your best without creating pricey packages. Our philosophy is to use the best, locally based & English speaking suppliers who know the area and what is needed to ride in it. For the 2018 Etape du Tour, we will have the following available for anyone booking a hotel with us and all still at the best price guaranteed:

Mechanic Onsite

Need help setting up your bike or got a problem when you are out there? Come and visit our onsite mechanic who is available just to Sportive Breaks customers to give free services.

Guided Rides

Make the most of your Sportive Break with some guided warm up rides on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday taking in the best local routes and coffee stops.

Training Plan

Join us in November & January for our "Training Kick Off" months. You will receive a free month's training plan and advice from our expert coach.

15 minute sports massage

Give yourself every chance to ride your best with a free 15 minute sports massage on the Friday or Saturday before the Etape.

Guide to the best local routes

Want to ride on your own or with your group? We provide you with GPX files and route descriptions for a variety of local routes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting There

Details to come in October

Documents Required

You will need to get a medical certificate signed off by your doctor (we will send you a template for this) showing you are fit for a cycling event. Bring this, some ID and a print out of your race number that will appear on your ASO Challenges page approx 2 weeks before the race.

What to Pack

The pens open early so unless it is very hot, you are likely to need arm warmers and a gilet while you wait to start. Pay careful attention to the forecasts and pack accordingly, while the route does not hit massive heights the summits can often be chilly so a light windproof jacket is very useful. Gearing can be quite a personal choice, the local rental bikes set up for these conditions typically have a 50/34 on front and 11/28 or even 11/32 on the back.


Upon purchasing your entry here, we will send instructions to register on the ASO website. You have until May to activate the unique code we send you, we will remind you to do this in May if you haven't already done so. Approx 2 weeks before the Etape you will get a Convocation on the ASO website. You will need a print out of this & a signed medical certificate (we will send a template to take to your doctor). Registrations are at the start village and will be open the two days before the sportive.

Start & Finish

Start time likely to be 6.30am to 7am. The start goes off in stages depending on your race number with the last group going out at 9am. The start groups are assigned based on previous Etape finishing times and the expected times you put in the registration form. If you are riding in a group and want to start together, put the same time. You are not guaranteed to be in the same pen and at the start it is not possible to move forward in your pens (but you can move back to be together).

Travel Packages

Popular Packages

We are sold out for 2018. New packages for 2019 launch October 2018.

All Packages Include:

  • Bike friendly hotels near the start / finish
  • Return airport transfers
  • Free guided warm up rides
Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

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