The greatest stage in the TdF – L’Alpe d’Huez

Posted: July 23, 2008 in cycling, Road, tour de france
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Today the greatest stage in the Tour takes place. I thought I’d share the route’s profile with you to show you what it look likes. True heroes are born today.

Embrun - LAlp-dHuez (210.5km)

Embrun - L'Alpe-d'Huez (210.5km)

Alpe d’Huez and the 21 hairpin turns remain the most challenging and well known stage of the Tour de France. Each of the 21 turns are marked to help cyclists count-down the 9 miles, and 3,670ft of elevation difference, with an average slope of 7.9 %.

I remember, at the tender age of 14, climbing up this beautiful mountain on my bicycle. It was soo hot that by the time we got to the top, the tar was melting onto our tires. Still, an unbelievable experience. One I will never forget!


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