157km | 3650m + · Monday August 27th
Following two nights spent in Megève riders will set off in the direction of the infamous Col du Télégraphe for the queen stage of the 2018 Haute Route Alps on day 2. Prior to the summit finish on the Col du Télégraphe riders will have to conquer two renowned Alpine climbs in the form of the Col des Saisies and Col de la Madeleine. Culminating at 2000m, the Col de la Madeleine is over 20km long and features long sections above 8% grade. The finish atop Télégraphe at 1566m will signal the end of a beautiful but tough second stage, the final 11.9km climb averages 7.1% but also features sections above the dreaded 10%.
Valloire will host the start of stage 3 on the 2018 Haute Route Alps.
The Col du Galibier is one of the toughest climbs in all of Cycling.
At the foot of the mythic Galibier pass, Valloire is surrounded by numerous famous peaks: the Aiguilles d’Arves, the Cerces massif and the Thabor, as well as the nearby Ecrins and Vanoise National Parks. The summer is punctuated by the rhythmic toll of the church bell in the Valley, and there is always something to do or discover. Outdoor activities are numerous and varied- via ferrata, rock climbing, hiking, swimming and many others.