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
and belongs to the
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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