2017 was the first time Le Cure finished away from Alpe d’Huez, choosing instead the Italian ski resort of Sestriere. While not as iconic as the Alpe, having already crossed the Izoard and the ascent to Montgenevre during the stage Sestriere was still a tough and fitting grand finale. The last night party didn’t disappoint either.
Sestriere has featured in both the Tour and the Giro (as far back as 1911 when it was the first climb above 2000m to be included in the race). One Lance Armstrong rode clear on the climb in 1999 to win the stage and start his, er, dominance of the Tour.