Briançon, capital of the Southern Alps
An ideal geographical location
Capital of the Southern Alps and ideally located 90 minutes from Gap, Grenoble and Turin, Briançon has always attracted, each summer, a large national and international public wishing to take advantage of its many advantages, which make it a stronghold of French summer tourism in all respects.
A tourist mountain town and a real cycling destination
A mountain town with a Mediterranean climate, cradled between the Écrins National Park and the Queyras Regional Natural Park, the city benefits from a unique position, offering its visitors an exceptional natural setting. From the wide-open spaces of the valleys to the legendary and renowned passes of the Grandes Alpes route, Briançon is a cycling stronghold. From the Col de l'Izoard to the Col du Galibier via the Col du Lautaret, Briançon's roads are a must for cycling enthusiasts and professionals.
A city classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Briançon also has a cultural heritage that is unique in France: mixing its Alpine and Provencal influences, the town is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Vauban fortifications. Several works surround the city walls, including the Collegiate Church of Saint-Nicolas, the Asfeld Bridge, the Salettes Fort, the Randouillet Fort, the Dauphin Fort, the Three Heads Fort and the Communication Y.
Alpe d'Huez is pleased to welcome back a stage of the Tour de France on 14 July 2022 between Briançon and Alpe d'Huez 70 years after Fausto Coppi won the first stage finish of the Tour de France there in 1952.
On 10 July 2022, the numerous amateur cyclists of the Étape du Tour de France will have the opportunity to compare themselves to the pros during a mountain stage including some of the most impressive passes in France.
See you on the 21 bends for a great week of cycling.