Thursday July 20th, 2017

Stage 18Briançon / Izoard

Start 12h55 (Local time)
  • Christian Prudhomme's comment

    It'll be the final battle between the climbers at the heart of one of the most spectacular and surprising sports theaters there is to offer. A real inspiration for attackers with temperament. From Barcelonnette to the Col de Vars, spirits and legs will be on fire. The last ten kilomeres before the summit of the Izoard are at an average gradient of 9%. The “rendez-vous” of the Casse Déserte will add solemnity to the hardness of percents.

The stage in videos

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Discover Le Queyras during summer

  • Discover Le Queyras during summer

Tourist attractions

On the road

Prefecture: Gap

Sub-prefecture: Briancon

Population: 139,883
Surface: 5,549 km2

Specialties: Tourtons (beignets), Oreilles d'âne (grated lasagnes, cream and spinach), honeys (mountain, lavender, flowers…), wines (Tallard and Avance valley), fruits (apples and pears of Val de Durance), cheese…

Economy: tourism (more than 20 million nights per year), with 27 ski resorts and 25 Nordic sites. Agriculture (bovine and ovine breeding, dairy and cereal production, arboriculture).

Sport: Second French department in terms of club members per inhabitant, nearly 500 sprt clubs in 50 disciplines – alpine skiing, ice hockey (Briançon Red Devils, Rapaces in Gap), cycling and mountain biking, football, rugby, handball, basketball, athletics, swimming...

Culture and heritage: Les Ecrins National Park, Queyras nature park, Nature park of Baronnies Provençales. Two fortified sites listed as World Heritage: Briançon and Montdauphin.

Websites: www.hautes-alpes.fr / www.hautes-alpes.net / www.phenomenalpes.com

Sébastien Hosy © La chapelle Saint-Jean

Pop: 2,300

While L'Argentiere has an agricultural past, silver mines gave it its name and its main source of wealth from the Roman times. The exploitation of the mines intensified in the Middle-Ages and went on until the beginning of the 20th century. The old industrial and mining facilities have been restored and are now open to visits. A museum was created to honour this industrial heritage. The silver mines obviously gave their name to the city, called Castrum Argenterie in 1202.

L'Argentière-la-Bessée was also marked by the growth and decline of its aluminium industry. The closure of the Pechiney plant in 1985 bore a hard blow to the local economy now turning to tourism.

St Jean chapel

Formerly linked to a house of the Knights Hopsitaller, the chapel was built on a rocky mound by the old mountain path known as “via per alpem”. The chapel played a major part in the history of the region.

Population: 161,588
Prefecture: Digne-les-Bains
Sub-prefectures: Barcelonnette, Castellane, Forcalquier
Surface: 6,925 km2
Specialties: lavender, lavender honey, Sisteron lamb, Banon cheese, Génépi from the Ubaye valley, truffles, olive oil, Pierrevert wines.
Sporting events: paragliding world championship (2016), Criterium du Dauphiné, Terres Noires Enduro-Raid, Pra-Loup tennis Open, international squash tournament, French Kayak Championship
Major tourist sites: Gorges du Verdon, Lake Allos, Mercantour National Park, Luberon and Verdon regional parks, Unesco Géopark of Haute Provence, spas of Gréoux and Digne les Bains, village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie, Sisteron citadel.
Festivals: Enfants du jazz festival in Barcelonnette, nights of the citadel in Sisteron, astro summer in Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire, musical hours of Simiane-la-Rotonde, prehistory days in Quinson, lavender fairs.
Economy: tourism; agriculture ; cosmetics, flavours and fragrances, agribusiness, renewable energies. Manufacture of cosmetics, perfumes (l'Occitane). Medicinal and aromatic plants, herbalism, cooking and liqueurs. Hydraulics (the Durance and Verdon dams provide 12pc of the French hydroelectric production), wood (forests cover nearly half of the department), and photovoltaic energy.
Websites and social networks: www.tourisme-alpes-haute-provence.com / www.mondepartement04.fr / www.facebook.com/departement04 / www.facebook.com/alpesdehauteprovence/

Sébastien Hosy © La chapelle Saint-Jean

Pop: 2,300

While L'Argentiere has an agricultural past, silver mines gave it its name and its main source of wealth from the Roman times. The exploitation of the mines intensified in the Middle-Ages and went on until the beginning of the 20th century. The old industrial and mining facilities have been restored and are now open to visits. A museum was created to honour this industrial heritage. The silver mines obviously gave their name to the city, called Castrum Argenterie in 1202.

L'Argentière-la-Bessée was also marked by the growth and decline of its aluminium industry. The closure of the Pechiney plant in 1985 bore a hard blow to the local economy now turning to tourism.

St Jean chapel

Formerly linked to a house of the Knights Hopsitaller, the chapel was built on a rocky mound by the old mountain path known as “via per alpem”. The chapel played a major part in the history of the region.

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