Alpe d'Huez is one of the top climbs of the Tour de France. The Alpine village owes its fame to the "Grand boucle". In itself, it is certainly not the toughest climb in the French Alps.
The average percentage is quite high for a climb to a ski area, but with a length of 13 kilometers and less than 1,000 heightmeters, the Alpe d'Huez is not in the top of the toughest climbs.
Alpe d'Huez is also known as the Dutch mountain. This has mainly to do with the many Dutch riders who won a Tour stage on the Alp (8 wins in total so far, by Hennie Kuiper, Joop Zoetemelk, Peter Winnen, Steven Rooks, Gert-Jan Theunisse).
With each passage of the Tour de France, a Dutch legion is waiting for the riders in the famous bend 7, also known as the Dutch (or orange) curve. Also during the annual cycling event Alpe d'HuZes in June, for the benefit of cancer research, many Dutch amateur cyclists find their way to the top.
Each of the 21 hairpin bends of the climb is named after one (sometimes two) of the stage winners, depending on where they placed their ultimate attack. You can see a video of all bends of Alpe d'Huez on the YouTube page climbbybike.
The Alpe d'Huez is situated in Rhone-Alpes
and belongs to the
Starting from Bourg d'Oisans,
the Alpe d'Huez ascent is 13.2 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1071 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 8.1 %.
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Since 2005, the Alpe d'Huez will be/was climbed in the following big tour stages:
Tour de France 2015 : Modane - L'Alpe d'Huez on 25/07/2015
Tour de France 2013 : Gap - l'Alpe d'Huez on 18/07/2013
Tour de France 2011 : Modane > Alpe-d’Huez on 22/07/2011
La Marmotte 2010 : Marmotte 2010 on 03/07/2010
La Marmotte 2009 : Marmotte 2009 on 04/07/2009
Alpe d'Huez from Bourg d'Oisans in 3D, on Googleearth!
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