I now see it’s only stage 2 of the race. Makes a bit more sense as to why it isn’t a beast now.
I have to say, that sounds pretty thrilling!
I did this on the Friday before the Etape, but went up the Courcheval side and down the Meribel route. It was savage enough the way we did it. Everyone we met at the top who had done it the other way was saying how much harder it was from the other side. Just riding down, there were a couple of points I felt close to falling over the handlebars! The Courcheval side had only opened a couple of months before, and the Meribel side only a couple of weeks. So it doesnt surprise me they don’t even have a stage profile for that one yet! It’s going to be cozy at the top … there’s not much space for more than the finish line. There is a fairly flat expanse a short way down the Courcheval side, near one of the main ski lifts, so that might be where all the podiums etc will be.
Interesting to see they’ve stuck the Cormet de Roseland in the route again. That was the bit they had to cut on the final Saturday this year, that we did as the first climb on the Etape. Although looks from the stage profile like they are doing it in reverse. Maybe Beaufort etc, had paid a fair bit of money last year and ASO needed to keep them sweet!