OVERLOOKING THE STUNNING TOWN OF ANNECY AND IT’S LAKE IS THE CLIMB OF LE SEMNOZ. IT WAS THE FINAL CLIMB IN THE PENULTIMATE STAGE OF THE 2013 TOUR DE FRANCE AND ETAPE DU TOUR.
Stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France started in Annecy and finished here, where Nairo Quintana took the stage win and Chris Froome secured the overall victory.
The summit can be reached from three directions but the riders in the 2013 Tour took the Western approach from Quintal at 733m above sea level, and in just 11 kilometres it rises to almost 17oom with an average gradient of over almost 9%. It’s well worth the effort, though. The view over Lake Annecy from the summit is fantastic.
The climb is within a short drive of our chalet if you wish to include it in your itinerary. You could actually ride there, if you fancy a big day!
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