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Registration for Etape du Tour 2018 opens next Monday

15,000 riders to tackle 4,000 metres of climbing from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand

Registration for next year’s Etape du Tour will open next Monday, with 15,000 places available to ride the route of Stage 10 of the 2018 Tour de France, the route of which was announced in Paris this morning.

Taking place in France’s Haute-Savoie department, the 169-kilometre closed-road cyclosportive will take place on Sunday 8 July, the day after the Tour de France itself starts in the Vendeé, and is the 28th edition of the event.

It will include 4,000 metres of climbing, with four tough ascents to be tackled, including an ascent to the Plateau des Glières plateau, never included on the route of the Tour de France before and where 2 kilometres of gravel roads await the riders.

The first climb of the day will be the Col de la Croix-Fry, followed by the one to the Plateau des Glières – 6 kilometres at an average gradient of 11.2 per cent. Here is the profile, plus video of part that gravel section that comes after the summit.

Plateau des Glieres profile.jpg

Next comes the ascent of the Col de Romme, followed by the Col de la Colombière then the descent to the finish at Le Grand Bornard.

Entry will cost €109 up to and including 17 December and €139 thereafter, depending on availability.

Geneva International Airport is 45 kilometres from Annecy, with British Airways and Swiss providing flights from a number of UK cities, while Lyon, with flights from carriers including British Airways and Air France, is only slightly further away.

You can find full details regarding registration here.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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