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July 31, 2010

Tough Tour de France climbs

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 12:25 pm

Every year I marvel at the level of fitness by the Tour de France cyclists in not just riding, but racing, up extraordinary heights. The toughest mountain stage of a tour may have 3 climbs each with over 1000m elevation gain! Here are some of the better-known tough climbs (classfied HC, or beyond categorisation) with elevation gains and average gradients.

Alpe d’Huez – 1150 metres @ 7.6% average
Col du Tourmalet
– 1395 metres @ 7.5% average (west side), 1250 metres @ 7.3% (east side)
Mont Ventoux
– 1620 metres @ 7.1% average
Col du Galibier
– 1580 metres @ 6.2% average
Col de la Madeleine
– 1580 metres @ 6.2% average
Col de la Croix-de-Fer
– 1520 metres @ 5.1% average
Col d’ Izoard
– 1200m @ 5.7% average (south side), 1500m @ 5% average (north side)
Hautacam
– 1170m @ 6.8% average
Col d’ Aubisque
– 1225 metres @ 4.2% average

Here are some of the toughest Tour de France stages in recent years:
Stage 17, 2010
– finish up the Col du Tourmalet
Stage 17, 2009
– Col de la Colombière via Col de Romme
Stage 17, 2008
– up Col du Galibier, Col de la Croix de Fer, with the finish up Alpe d’Huez.

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