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Tour de France 2013

Date range:
June 29 - July 21, 2013
  • Tour de France, France,
  • Stages. Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      213km
      Start location:
      Porto-Vecchio
      End location:
      Bastia
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      156km
      Start location:
      Bastia
      End location:
      Ajaccio
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Ajaccio
      End location:
      Calvi
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      25km
      Location
      Nice (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Cagnes-sur-mer
      End location:
      Marseille
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Aix-en-Provence
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Albi
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      195km
      Start location:
      Castres
      End location:
      Ax 3 Domaines
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      168.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Girons
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Bigorre
    • Rest day 1

      Location
      Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      St-Gildas-des-Bois
      End location:
      Saint Malo
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      33km
      Start location:
      Avranches
      End location:
      Mont-Saint-Michel (ITT)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      218km
      Start location:
      Fougères
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Saint-Amand-Montrond
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
      End location:
      Lyon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      242.5km
      Start location:
      Givors
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Rest day 2

      Location
      Vaucluse province (Avignon, Orange)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      168km
      Start location:
      Vaison-la-Romaine
      End location:
      Gap
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      32km
      Start location:
      Embrun
      End location:
      Chorges (ITT)
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Gap
      End location:
      l'Alpe d'Huez
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      204.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg d'Oisans
      End location:
      Le Grand Bornand
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      125km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy-Semnoz
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      133.5km
      Start location:
      Versailles
      End location:
      Paris - Champs-Elysées
  • Race history

July 18, Stage 18: Gap - l'Alpe d'Huez 172.5km

Tour de France: Stage 18

By:
Cycling News
Published:
May 29, 2013, 04:26,
Updated:
July 18, 2013, 17:49

Gap - l'Alpe d'Huez 172.5 km

Because once isn't enough

Sixty-one years on from the Tour's first encounter with Alpe-d'Huez, the 100th edition of the race returns for the 28th time – or the 29th to be precise, as for the first time ever the riders will climb the Alpe's 21 hairpins twice in a stage. It's all thanks to improvements to the road that climbs from the resort to the Col de la Sarenne. From there it's a sharp drop to the Chambon dam, just a few kilometres along the valley from Bourg d'Oisans, to which the riders will return before making that historic second asent. This is a short stage with barely any flat at all – the kind of day that's now a trademark of Tour director Christian Prudhomme and his routefinder general, Jean-François Pescheux. The final 60-odd kilometres pack a real punch, although they won't be an over-the-top challenge for riders who would usually come to the Alpe via the Croix de Fer/ Glandon or the Galibier. In a race packed with great moments, this will surely be the most memorable – and probably the most important.

Stephen Roche: "Climbing the Alpe twice should add some spice, although I hope they don't just ride over it the first time and wait until the last 5km of the stage to attack. It's the change of rhythm that makes the Alpe so hard, the first six or seven bends are very steep, only then does it ease of a bit."

Local history

French hopes of overall success have not been as high for years, based on the performances of Thomas Voeckler, Thibault Pinot and Pierre Rolland. The latter was the last rider to win on the Alpe in 2011, outwitting and outriding Contador and Samuel Sánchez. Could he win again? And could he take yellow?

Maps and profiles courtesy of ASO
 

Tour de France 2013: Stage 18 map

 

Tour de France 2013: Stage 18 profile

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Brian Hokke More than 1 year ago
there is a file missing here
GATORS More than 1 year ago
Was the route layout missing ? I can't find it.
kevinzamora More than 1 year ago
I remember Tour organizers placing little monuments of Alpe D'Huez stage winners on the switchbaks. I wonder if they'll put 2 new ones this time given they climb it twice?
cristi1 More than 1 year ago
I bet there will be a massive breakaway which can contain great climbers such as Andy Schleck, Teejay/Cadel, Rolland, and maybe Valverde....let's see if I will be right...I hope so.
FerdinandChile More than 1 year ago
After today's time hemorrhage, I can't see Cadel Evans joining any breakaways. Sadly, since I'm a huge Evans fan. The brightspot on his season will be the podium finish at the Giro, no doubt about it.
royalpig180 More than 1 year ago
Read the interview with Cuddles. He lost time on purpose today so that he'd be given more leeway to get into a break in one of the remaining stages.
onewheel More than 1 year ago
Contador is probably wondering ,what do I do to beat Froome bar putting a proton rocket on my bike? But Contador is a wily old fox and we saw him catch Froomedog and the hounds of the baskervilles asleeo on a flat cross wind stage putting over a minute into Froome. That is just one of an arsenal of tricks Contador has deployed in the past. One of the tricks he might use today or the next mt. stage, if it works , is spectacular and will gain him minutes on his rivals. he did the following 2 or 3 years ago and it was stunning to watch. its a variation on his team tactics on the flat stage this year. last time he used this , it went as follows. A substantial breakaway develops early on with about 20 riders not to far out front, maybe a min. or two but within sight. the breakway is not a threat to GC contenders so its gaining time. Suddenly someone rockets off the front of the peloton to bridge the gap. before anyone can can react, it turns out to be the wily old fox himself. Hitting a big gear he drills it and bridges the breakaway. Then Contador goes up and down the riders compelling them to work together as he is not interested in winning the stage but putting time into his rivals. When I saw this happening, I had to admit it was clever. The breakaway went 80kms before the finish and by 40 kms Contador had dropped all 20 or so riders and was soloing to a stage win, which he did the peloton never catching him. He didn't used his team or anything, just himself but he put minutes into his rivals that day. it was magical and it worked. Methinks, he will try that tactic as attempting to gain time on climbs will drain him more. tomorrows stage looks the best profile with Glandon and Madelaine mts. near the start. Will sky be caught napping again? Never underestimate Contador to do the unexpected. He is the most intelligent, skilled rider there. As for the talk of Froome and his Parasitic disease, Bilhazaria. Yes ,he suffers from it because he lives in a tropical region. There is no vaccine only annual prescription treatments. It kills red blood cells and other complications, so this is why he is training at altitude , to boost his red blood cell count. Take sickle cell anemia, another disease, genetic , this time that effects people from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean regions. Athletes from these regions are regularly screened to see if they have the disease as it can cause stroke or death if undetected. But getting back to high altitude training, you just have to look at marathon runners and see who consistently comes in the first 20 places the world over, Kenyan and ethiopian athletes who train at altitude.
tsb610 More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your intelligent and well-written post. It is very informative.
BobAli More than 1 year ago
I think Contador would need his team to help, but would probably try to do a variation on this plan
cwilcox More than 1 year ago
What happened to Andy Schleck? I was so excited he was accelerating, but had to leave for work. Can't find any mention of him in any of the standings, or news. . I was hoping for a come back.