By Chris Smith

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Briançon, France

Sitting on a Plateau, Briancon is the highest city in France at 1326m above sea level. Since 1947, the town has been the start point for a stage of the Tour 22 times, and has also been a stage finish 22 times.

Where to Ride?

The Lauteret, Col de Galibier, Col du Montgenevre,  Col d'Izoard and Risoul are all rideable from here.

Where to Stay?

We recommend staying at the La Grand Aigle Hotel and Spa - Serre Chevalier – Briancon. A lovely Spa hotel at the foot of the western side of the Lauteret climb.

Where to Eat?

Try La Gavroche for Tartiflette or Le Pied de La Gargouille for their excellent lamb.

What to do, other than ride?

Briançon not only has a rich history of art, politics and culture, but also benefits from an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. The town had several of its buildings classified by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 2008.


Grenoble has plenty of attractions including the 19th century hilltop fortification Bastille, museums on Grenoble and archaelogical discoveries as well as the Musee Dauphinois which displays the hisoty of Aline life.

Écrins National Park

Écrins National Park is one of the ten French national parks. It is located to the south of the valley that runs from Grenoble to Briancon.

Outdoor Activities

When not riding there are plenty of guided outdoor activities around the french alps that run frequently during the summer, including hiking, climbing and watersports.

What Climb not to miss?

Don't miss climbing the Izoard

What you didn't know about Briancon?

It is France's highest city!

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