Alpe d’Huez: A huge night in the Tour de France

July 18th, 2013

Tonight is the night I have been looking forward to in the Tour de France – the Alpe d’Huez stage. This year they are going up the climb not once, but twice.

L’Alpe d’Huez is one of the main mountains in the Tour de France. The climb is 13.8 km at an average 7.9 per cent, with 21 hairpin bends. It was first included in the race in 1952 and has been a stage finish regularly since 1976.

It is a stage that if someone cracks, or they have nothing left in their legs, they could lose a massive amount of time. I would not be surprised if some lost 30 minutes and others made up 5-10 minutes in the overall standings.

I can’t wait to see the tactics of the top riders. Will they all just sit with each other? Will their teams attack to try and break Froome? What will Contador do? What will the young rider Quintana do? Wiil Cadel be able to claw back some of his 24 minutes he is down on the GC?

One thing for sure is there will be a lot of riders who are good climbers who will want to chase their chance for glory. To be known as the rider who won the double Alpe d’Huez stage in the Tour de France is a huge honour.

Today I sit and wait patiently. I will go about my normal things, but I will always have the mountain stage in the back of my mind. And yes I will break my no coffee rule after 6.00pm tonight. I can’t risk falling asleep early!

I can’t wait 🙂

God Bless,
Dave

 
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