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Le Bourg-d'Oisans. In the background the Grandes Rousses massif and the Alpe d'Huez
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||André Salvetti|
|Area1||36 km2 (14 sq mi)|
|• Density||83/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||38052 / 38520|
|Elevation||701–3,121 m (2,300–10,240 ft)
(avg. 720 m or 2,360 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is located in the Oisans region of the French Alps. Le Bourg-d'Oisans is located in the valley of the Romanche river, on the road from Grenoble to Briançon, and on the south side of the Col de la Croix de Fer. It is often on the route of the Tour de France, as the town sits at the base of the road to Alpe d'Huez and the legendary switchbacks to the top of the mountain (those wanting to test their skills against the professional cyclists' times can rent bicycles in Bourg d'Oisans and ride to the top where the tourist office offers a certificate of official completion that costs one Euro).
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