Stage 1 - Megève - Megève

111km | 2900m + · Sunday 26th August

Having hosted a stage of the Haute Route Alps every year since its inception in 2011, Megève has stepped up in 2018 to become the Grand Départ for the Haute Route Alps on Sunday August 26th. On the first stage the international peloton will set off for a 111km loop with 2,900m of climbing over famous cols such as the Col d’Aravis and Colombière, but also the lesser known Col de Romme and the famed Côte de Domancy where Bernard Hinault became world champion in 1980. The final ascent of the day to Côte 2000 will see riders finish above Megève at 1,495m before heading back down to town.

Stage Profile

Stage 1 | Alps 2018 2018 stage Profile

Stage Map

Stage 1 | Alps 2018 2018 Course Map

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Host Venue: Megève

Megève, an elegant and sporty mountain town

Megève, a classy and authentic mountain resort, nestled at the foot of the Mont-Blanc, will undoubtedly leave an impression on you. With its extraordinary heritage, the town has a unique soul and authentic feel.

Between the lakes and mountains, Megève has a unique setting to relax on a terrace and roam around the fields or also experience a wonderful sunset over the snow-capped summits. Starting at the foot of the village, the resort provides a domain for skiing that has slopes to accommodate all levels, in a varied and outstanding landscape between mountain pastures, forests and wide open spaces.

Three Michelin-starred chefs

Ambassador of a local gastronomy revisited by Michelin-starred chefs, endowed with high quality hotels, Megève is a lively city all year long. The many events organised allow you to share unforgettable emotions!

Megève is also host to the biggest fitness and wellness’ in the heart of the Alps. Between elegance and modernity, the Palais allows you to immerse yourself in a relaxing and fun universe thanks to an interior and exterior balneotherapy space and the biggest fitness room in the Alps. Over 1 000 m², enjoy a high-tech and connected sports location. The climbing wall and the seminar rooms complete the resort, promising special moments under snowy peaks.

Many cycling competitions

In summer, Megève has a significant role in the cycling world with an indisputable and a unique program of international competitions. Between the massifs of Mont Blanc and the Aravis, the roads of Megève welcome, every summer, cycling races eagerly awaited, such as the Time Megève Mont-Blanc, the MB Race Culture Vélo (stage of the marathon mountain bike World Cup) and of course the Haute Route Alps.

Megève has been a host town on the Tour de France 2016 and has been also the city of departure, the same year, of the cyclosportive L’Étape du Tour.

Megève provides also many marked trails that allow all the riders (road bike, mountain bike, electric bike or fat-bike enthusiasts) to enjoy the unique Megève landscapes.

Official Charity

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Official Continental Partner

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Official Event Partner

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Host City Partners

Megève 2017 logo Valloire 2018 logo Les 2 Alpes 2018 logo Saint Véran logo Risoul 2018 logo Auron 2018 logo Nice 2017 logo