Ah yes, Alpe d’Huez…
What could I possibly add to the many, many pages dedicated to this particular climb, one that’s on the bucket list of nearly every cyclist who dares to venture into the Alps?
A climb that is imprinted into the memory of Tour de France followers as being ‘pivotal’ in many a stage, if not decisive to the overall win.
Which, at the time of posting this page and looking at the ‘hard evidence’, has only been the case in 7 out of the 29 times the Alpe has been included in the TDF…
On 6 more occasions, the yellow jersey switched shoulders after the stage, but the TDF was eventually won by another rider.
Only Greg Lemond and Stephen Roche were able to turn the table again: after losing the yellow on the Alpe, they eventually still won the GC.
Despite it’s fame, it’s not even the highest or the hardest climbs in the area and it’s not particularly beautiful.
Don’t get me wrong: it’s a tough climb and it offers some great views, but looking at other climbs nearby, I would give a higher rating to the Croix de Fer, Col du Sabot and La Bérarde.