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Alpe d'Huez - Rochetaillée

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Average grade: 4.9 %

Length: 22.6 km

Altitude start: 711 m

Altitude top: 1815 m

Ascent: 1104 m

Alpe d'Huez rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 1852 (all)
Ranking France: 391 (all)
Ranking Alps: 690(all)
Difficulty score: 94.47 what?

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Yet one of the most famous of the mountain climbs on the Tour de France, it is certainly not the toughest one. l'Alpe d'Huez has hosted a stage finish almost every year since 1976. The Tour de France first finished a stage on l'Alpe d'Huez in 1952. That stage was won by the Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi. The climb up Alpe d'Huez is 14km at an average gradient of 8% with 21 hairpin bends marked with panels honouring the winners of each stage that has finished there. The fastest climb ever was achieved by Marco Pantani (+ 14-02-2004) in 1995: 36'50".

The Alpe d'Huez is situated in Rhone-Alpes. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Rochetaillée, the Alpe d'Huez ascent is 22.6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1104 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.9 %.

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Story by SlayerinSpandex from Malibu CA, United States, submitted on 21/07/2015
Alpe d''Huez is by no means the most physically demanding mountain climb on the TdF. What makes it challenging and contributes to its Iconic status is its fan popularity creating additional excitement and atmosphere, throw in the omnipresent sun baked cliff walls draining power on every switch back. Ultimately , its the history of races here that inspire racers to push themselves into physio/mental stress they never never experienced, and sometimes into the lead of the TdF.
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Story by Espen Skancke from , Sweden, submitted on 29/10/2008
Compaired to the 21 hairpins from Bourg, the climb from the ""back side"" of Alpe d´Huez is a whole lot easier. Although it does have its steep parts too. The gradient itself is also a bit lower. However....the top part is ofcourse the same as the hairpins since the two roads link together right after turn 7. Beware... If you get dizzy from heights, this is a pretty brutal climb. After you´ve passed the town Reculas, the rather narrow road follows the edge of the 1000 feet vertical drop down towards the river beyond. Cycling on the right side of the road having cars meeting you can be exiting so to say. espen
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