The route begins with an ascent of the Haut Bugey plateaux in the Ain department, heading towards the magnificent Lac Genin. The route then takes riders up to the Plateau du Retord, with its awesome views and stunning forests, valleys and picturesque villages. The route continues through the Ain mountains towards the Grand Colombier, the day’s main challenge with its 17km climb and an average gradient of 7.2%. It is now an iconic climb and is the Challenge Performer timed section for this first stage. After crossing the Haut Valromey, riders will reach the Plateau d’Hauteville and our overnight accommodation via the Col de la Rochette.
Bib numbers to be collected on Thursday 27th June or as from 07.30 Friday 28th June
Stage 1 start Leaving Arbent Friday June 28th at 09.30
Stage finish on the Hauteville Plateau as from 13.30
Stage distance 149 km
3,719 meters of climbing / 3,490 meters of descending
Col du Grand-Colombier
On the day the numbered bibs are removed, you will receive a superb top-of-the-range Rosti jersey, official supplier of the Pro AG2R team.
You will have to wear this collector jersey during the second stage of the Forest’cime.
You can order additional jersey or short, to be removed also with the numbered bib.
Jersey : 55 € incl.
Short : 65 € incl.
Jersey + short :
110 € incl.