Tour de France 2014 – Part 1

Post stage reports of my Tour de France 2014 – part 1, with Europe’s highest “natural” pass, the Iseran.


For my own Tour de France 2014, our first base camp was located in the Savoie, in a small village called Bellentre. This is less than 10 kilometers from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, almost opposite La Plagne.

After a smooth trip there, we settled in our apartment “Gîte les Grands Champs” around 13:00 – this gave me the opportunity to go out for a first ride, although it looked like it would rain.

And it did…

Tour de France 2014 - view from the apartment in Bellentre

Besides the prologue, I got 4 stages in from Bellentre – stage 4 actually starting in La Léchère, just north of Moutiers – with a rest day between stages 3 and 4.

much needed rest day, I might add: the stage over the Iseran, Mont Cenis and Madeleine, for a total of 154 kilometers and 4,500 meters of elevation difference, took me 8 hours of cycling alone…

Tuesday – Rest Day

Tuesday was a REST day, believe it or not 🙂

Tomorrow it’s up the Madeleine again (starting near the aptly named town of Pussy) and the Glandon for our next one night stopover in Vaujany.

Thursday it’s Croix de Fer, Mollard, Télégraphe and Galibier, followed by a long transfer to Bédoin.

Friday the Mont Ventoux – all three sides of it.

So, it probably won’t be before Saturday until you hear from me again (here)…

Look for pictures of part 1 in the “Best Of Gallery

Tour de France 2014 – main page.

2 thoughts on “Tour de France 2014 – Part 1”

  1. Yay for rest days!!!!!!! You are doing an amazing job of dominating these mountains….what a stud!!

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