Albertville

Jean Moulin in Albertville

Born in Languedoc, Jean Moulin began his career as a civil servant at the Savoy prefecture and kept strong ties with the region, even when duty called him up North. At only 21, just after his Law degree, he found himself chief of staff of the Savoy prefect in Chambery. A brilliant and workaholic young man, Moulin joined the local society, wrote for the local press and even held an exhibition of his paintings, being a gifted artist as well. His many talents led him to become the youngest ever French sub-prefect when he was appointed to Albertville in 1925, at the age of 26. He would spend four years in the future Olympic town. Shortly after his nomination, he married Marguerite Cerruty, a young woman from a wealthy Chambery family. The marriage did not last and the couple divorced in 1928 when Marguerite returned to her parents after being injured in a crash in the speedy red Amilcar GS that Moulin was driving. An ambitious young man, the sub-prefect probably thought wedlock acted against his career plans but he stayed in friendly terms with his ex-wife. Her parents had introduced him to Pierre Cot, another up-and-coming young politician, who had just been elected Member of Parliament for Savoy. The two were keen sports fans and often went skiing together in Megeve. And when Cot was named Air Minister in 1932, he naturally took Moulin with him. The two played a major role in smuggling supplies and weapons to the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War. For Moulin, his Albertville years were a formative period that led him to become the most celebrated hero of the French Resistance and his knowledge of the region was crucial when he started reorganising the Resistance in the area. Arrested and tortured by the Gestapo in the summer of 1943, Moulin died in the train taking him to Berlin for questioning. A high school in Albertville now bears his name and honours the memory of the young man who was the town sub-prefect for four years.

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La ville d’Albertville, au pied des montagnes
Stage town for the 3rd time
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
19,900 inhabitants (Albertvillois)

Economy: Host city of the 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville lies at the centre of a natural sporting tourism area. It is home to many businesses linked to planning and development in the mountains

Culture: La Maison Rouge (14th century) and its museum of art and history, Château de Manuel de
Locatel (16th century), the Sarrazine Tower (11th century) in the medieval town of Conflans. House of the Olympics, Museum of Sport and Culture, theatre. Festivals: Albertville Jazz Festival, Military and World Music Festival, Le Grand Bivouac (travel film festival)

Sport: Olympic arena (skating rink, tennis, climbing wall), Henry Dujol Olympic Park (athletics, football, rugby, baseball, archery...), gyms (handball, basketball, tennis, boxing), National Skiing Centre.

Events: French Gymnastics Championships, Mountain Bike and Trials World Cup, Kickboxing World Cup, national horse show
Specialities: Cheese (Beaufort and Tome des Bauges), Savoy wines. Manufacture of high-end skis

Sustainable development: 20km of cycle paths, public transport, development of electric bikes

Distinctions: City of art and history, tourist cycling city, three-star floral city

Up to the summits

The Tour riders have often passed through Albertville, a “ville vélo-touristique'' (a city which provides riders with a welcome, services and facilities specially adapted to bicycle touring), for example to reach the Tarentaise and Beaufortain Valleys, but they have rarely stopped off there. They have more often had the opportunity to discover the Olympic city during the Critérium du Dauphiné, the last time in 2015 when Peter Kennaugh won the first stage of the race. On the Tour, the last start given in Albertville was in 2012 for a stage to La Toussuire won by France's Pierre Rolland. Albertville also keeps fond memories of Paul Giguet, one of the best “domestiques” of the 1950s , who took part in six Tours de France besides Louison Bobet and finished second in the Dauphiné in 1948. Further back in time, archives reveal that an Albertville-born rider named Pierre Excoffier rode the 1920 and 1921 Tours de France. He reportedly died in Dachau.

Paul Giguet, figure célèbre de la ville d’Albertville © Presse Sports
Stage town for the 3rd time
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
19,900 inhabitants (Albertvillois)

Economy: Host city of the 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville lies at the centre of a natural sporting tourism area. It is home to many businesses linked to planning and development in the mountains

Culture: La Maison Rouge (14th century) and its museum of art and history, Château de Manuel de
Locatel (16th century), the Sarrazine Tower (11th century) in the medieval town of Conflans. House of the Olympics, Museum of Sport and Culture, theatre. Festivals: Albertville Jazz Festival, Military and World Music Festival, Le Grand Bivouac (travel film festival)

Sport: Olympic arena (skating rink, tennis, climbing wall), Henry Dujol Olympic Park (athletics, football, rugby, baseball, archery...), gyms (handball, basketball, tennis, boxing), National Skiing Centre.

Events: French Gymnastics Championships, Mountain Bike and Trials World Cup, Kickboxing World Cup, national horse show
Specialities: Cheese (Beaufort and Tome des Bauges), Savoy wines. Manufacture of high-end skis

Sustainable development: 20km of cycle paths, public transport, development of electric bikes

Distinctions: City of art and history, tourist cycling city, three-star floral city

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Places to see

Mont Blanc

The highest summit of Western Europe tops at 4,808.73 metres and stands on the communal territory of St Gervais. Every year, several alpinists attempt to climb it by the “Voie Royale”, the most popular pathway to the top, going across the celebrated “Gouter Corridor”. The preservation of the Mont Blanc site is part of the environmental campaign led by the municipality since 2004 and mentalities are slowly changing.

Thermal park

The 10 ha park with its century-old sequoias has hosted spa patients for 200 years and is renowned for treating dermatological and respiratory problems. A climbing rock is also available for young people bidding to become the great alpinists of the future.

One resort, two skiing domains

Skiing for all tastes across the snowy summits, the fir tree forests with the grandiose setting of the Mont Blanc in the background. The two skiing domains of St Gervais offer the public a magnificent playground in a unique scenery. The Evasion Mont-Blanc domain, shared between Saint-Gervais, Megève, Combloux, La Giettaz and Contamines Montjoie, has 445 km of pistes. From 1,100m to 2,353m it is open to skiers of every level.

Saint-Nicolas-de-Veroce

Once one of the most important parishes of Valmontjoie, Saint-Nicolas de Veroce lies at 1,180 metres in front of the Domes of Miage. Its church, renovated in 2008 after two years of works, is a jewel of Baroque art.

Hautetour manor house

In the heart of the village, the Hautefour manor house, a renovated 13th century fort hosts the trans-border house of the guides of St Gervais and Courmayeur as well as an artist residency. A museum tells the story of the guides and of the climb to Mont Blanc.

Coucher de soleil sur le majestueux Mont-Blanc © P. TournaireLes thermes de Saint-Gervais sont installées dans un parc agréable © David MachetLes pistes du domaine permettent de redescendre jusque dans le centre-ville de Saint-Gervais © JCVWDeux domaines skiables recherchés des sportifs © P. TournaireFresque sur le plafond de Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce © JCVW
Stage town for the 3rd time
Sub-prefecture of Savoie (73)
19,900 inhabitants (Albertvillois)

Economy: Host city of the 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville lies at the centre of a natural sporting tourism area. It is home to many businesses linked to planning and development in the mountains

Culture: La Maison Rouge (14th century) and its museum of art and history, Château de Manuel de
Locatel (16th century), the Sarrazine Tower (11th century) in the medieval town of Conflans. House of the Olympics, Museum of Sport and Culture, theatre. Festivals: Albertville Jazz Festival, Military and World Music Festival, Le Grand Bivouac (travel film festival)

Sport: Olympic arena (skating rink, tennis, climbing wall), Henry Dujol Olympic Park (athletics, football, rugby, baseball, archery...), gyms (handball, basketball, tennis, boxing), National Skiing Centre.

Events: French Gymnastics Championships, Mountain Bike and Trials World Cup, Kickboxing World Cup, national horse show
Specialities: Cheese (Beaufort and Tome des Bauges), Savoy wines. Manufacture of high-end skis

Sustainable development: 20km of cycle paths, public transport, development of electric bikes

Distinctions: City of art and history, tourist cycling city, three-star floral city

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