Le Tour de France: Stage 11 – Saint-Gervais-Alpe d’Huez, 1990

-What rolls under our wheels has past, it becomes a history and like all history, the past is never far behind…

Cycling History

L’Alpe d’Huez is one of the iconic scenes of Le Tour de France. Since its introduction in 1952 when Fausto Coppi kicked away from Jean Robic 4 kilometres from the summit it has been a legendary stage, looked forward to by fans and feared by riders. In its 28 previous appearances L’Alpe has appeared as a stage finish, a mid-stage climb, and on one now notorious occasion as in individual time-trial stage when Lance Armstrong rode the 15.5 kilometres to the summit in 39 minutes and 41 seconds, a result that has since been annulled.

From Le Bourg-d’Oisans the road sweeps upward through 21 hairpin bends at an average gradient of 8.1 per cent before it reaches the ski resort at L’Alpe d’Huez. At its steepest part the road hits 13 per cent. In 1995 Marco Pantani rode the climb from its base, a distance of 13.8 kilometres, in 36 minutes 40…

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