Alps 2014: Overview
2014 course followed a new “West Line” from Geneva to Nice tackling 900km and climbing a total of 21,000m across 19 cols and ascents, including four mountain top finishes.
- Cols & Ascents: 20
- Total Ascent: 21,400m
- Total Descent: 17,800m
- 5 Classic stages, 1 Marathon stage, 1 Individual Time Trial
- Marathon stage: 137km, 3 cols, 4,650m of climbing
- Highest col: Madeleine - 1,993m
The 7 fully timed stages revisited many Haute Route classics including Colombière, Cormet de Roselend, Courchevel, Madeleine, Glandon and two visits to Alpe d’Huez.
Dominating the isolated southwest corner is the “Giant of Provence”, at 1,912m Mont Ventoux is one of the most legendary ascents in cycling and a highlight of the 2014 course. Alpe d’Huez featured twice – as the arrival of the Marathon Stage on day 3 and again as the summit of the Individual Time Trial on day 4.
“The iconic cities of Geneva and Nice are once again supporting the Haute Route Alps as the departure and arrival venues – unchanged since the event began in 2011. Megève, Courchevel, Alpe d’Huez, Bourg d’Oisans and Digne-les-Bains make up the other course host venues and we know that the Haute Route and its riders will be warmly welcomed,” said Jean-François Alcan, Haute Route Race Director.