The champion emerges
The rider who wins on Alpe-d'Huez often goes on to win in Paris, as Carlos Sastre underlined in 2008. With just two stages to follow, this could turn into a 109.5km mountain sprint. There is little chance to warm up before the course reaches the 34km ascent comprising the Télégraphe and the epic north face of the Galibier. There are sure to be some breaks, with riders hoping they can defend their advantage on the long descent into Bourg d'oisans and onto the first ramps of the alpe, where the winner will climb into Tour history.
Distance: 109.5 km
Highest point: 2,556m
Category: High mountains
Sean Yates says...
"The Alpe d'Huez may be legendary, but it's actually not that hard. I expect Schleck and Contador to be head and shoulders above the rest. Hopefully for Sky, Brad Wiggins and Rigoberto Uran should be well placed on GC two days from the end."
Matt White says...
"Expect an aggressive start with breaks galore but by the time we approach the finish the key players should be in the mix. To win here is every pro's dream; it's just not possible for most."
- Race Home
- Stage 1191km Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts - Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers
- Stage 223km Les Essarts (TTT)
- Stage 3198km Olonne-sur-Mer - Redon
- Stage 4172km Lorient - Mûr-de-Bretagne
- Stage 5158km Carhaix - Cap Fréhel
- Stage 6226km Dinan - Lisieux
- Stage 7215km Le Mans - Châteauroux
- Stage 8190km Aigurande - Super-Besse Sancy
- Stage 9208km Issoire - Saint-Flour
- Rest Day 1
- Stage 10161km Aurillac - Carmaux
- Stage 11168km Blaye-les-Mines - Lavaur
- Stage 12209km Cugnaux - Luz-Ardiden
- Stage 13156km Pau - Lourdes
- Stage 14168km Saint-Gaudens - Plateau de Beille
- Stage 15187km Limoux - Montpellier
- Rest Day 2Rest Day 2
- Stage 16163km Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - Gap
- Stage 17179km Gap - Pinerolo
- Stage 18200.5km Pinerolo - Galibier Serre-Chevalier
- Stage 19109km Modane - Alpe-d’Huez
- Stage 2042.5km Grenoble (ITT)
- Stage 21160km Créteil - Paris Champs-Élysées
- Race history
The champion emerges