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

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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