The tour will take riders through the different provinces in France. The landscape varies so that specialists can focus on different disciplines. Sprinters take their moments in steps in the flat landscape. The climbers show what they can do in the Alps and Pyrenees. In this article, four well-known ascents which are regularly included in the route of the Tour de France: Col du Galibier, Col de Tourmalet, Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux.
Col du Galibier
Col du Galibier is a mountain pass in the French Alps. Col du Galibier is located at 2646 meters above sea level and is the highest ascent which is included in the Tour de France. You can pass the Col du Galibier is accessible only via the Col de Telegraph from the North, the South and the Col du Lautaret. This means that you must perform before you can begin an uphill climb on the Col du Galibier.
From the North, the length of the entire 34.5 km ascent with an average gradient of 6.6%. The first 12 kilometres of the climb of the Col du Telegraphe is occupied with an average gradient of 7%. Then, a small decline to the village of Valloire and then starts the actual ascent of the Col du Galibier. The climb is 17 kilometres long. The average percentage that the ascent of the Galibier is 7.2%, but do not be surprised over the final kilometer, where they still climb from 8.5% to 10% to get the pick.
From the South is the most chosen starting point Briançon. The total ascent is 37 kilometers long. The first 14 kilometers will increase by an average of only 3%. Then begins the ascent to the Col du Lautaret. The climb is over 14 km long with an average gradient of 4.5%. Then remains is 8 km ascent of the Col du Galibier. The increase in levels of between 9% and 12%! During the ascent you encounter a statue of Henri Desgrange, founder of the Tour de France.
Col du Tourmalet
Col de Tourmalet is situated in the Hautes Pyrenees, French Pyrenees in southwestern France. It is a mountain pass and the area really do? the winter as a ski resort. The ascent to the pass are often included in cycle races, as well as the Tour de France. The pass is located at 2115 m altitude.Therefore, it is not the highest climb in the Tour, the Col de Galibier. But if the Galibier is not included in the course, then the Tourmalet is a good replacement. The ascent can be started from the West, from Luz-Saint-Saveur. The ascent is 18 km long with a height difference of 1.405 meters. The average proportion is 7.8% with a maximum of 9.5%. From the East side of the departure from Campan.This has a length of 17 kilometers and the difference in height is 1,285 meters. The average rate of 7.6% is by no more than 10%.
A mountain which means most regulated part of the Tour de France is Mont Ventoux. This mountain is located in the Provence in France and is the only one of this caliber in the region. Thus, he seems to stand on its own feet; in the distance you can see the mountain, with the distinctive radio tower at the highest point. The top of the mountain is 1912 metres. You can climb Mont Ventoux via three routes with a road bike. The southern ascent starts from Bédoin, Malaucène from North and East leaving Sault.The ascent from Bédoin is very difficult due to the length of the climb, the average gradient of 7.5%.Especially if therefore the blazing Mediterranean sun is shining on you. Uphill is the cyclist Tom Simpson proved fatal in 1967, already seems too drugs and alcohol at the same time, have played a role. Mont Ventoux are also regularly incorporated into other cycling races like Paris-Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéréde. The quickest ascent ever made by Spaniard Iban Mayo in 2004. He climbed Mont Ventoux in the Dauphine Libere in 55 minutes and 51 seconds.
Alpe d Huez??
Alpe d’Huez?? not a mountain but a village. Indeed, it is a ski resort in the French Alps. And no one deserves, because it belonged to in 2010 to the top third of the French resorts. Cycling enthusiasts know Alpe d’Huez?? the race of the Tour de France. The climb to the Alpe d’Huez?? often included in the round. The village is located at the Pic Blanc at an altitude of 1860 m. The ascent, which is characterised by the 21 hairpin turns, starts in the village of Le Bourg d ‘ Oisans and are totally 13.8 kilometers. A height difference of 1061 metres. The average proportion is 7.9% with a score less than 11,5%. The climb of Alpe d?? Huez in the Tour de France has been in the past with great success made by Dutch rider. Achtmaal knew a Dutchman was first to reach the top of the climb. The last time was in 1989 by Gert-Jan Theunisse. The fastest ascent is in the name of Alberto Contador, he rode in 2010 during the Dauphiné Libere in 37.30 minutes from base to the top of the mountain.
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