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Gallery: The battle on the Alpe d'Huez

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The oranj on Dutch corner.

The oranj on Dutch corner.
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The crowd on the Alpe d'Huez were decked out in all sorts of costumes.

The crowd on the Alpe d'Huez were decked out in all sorts of costumes.
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The Alpe d'Huez is one of the most legendary climbs to have featured in the Tour de France. It's 21 switchbacks and it's consistently difficuly gradient makes it a spectacular climb for the spectators. After a two-year absence from the race, the crowds returned to the Alpe d'Huez and were out en masse.

Whether you camp out on 'Dutch Corner' or you prefer to sit on the finish on the avenue du Rif Nel, the Alpe provides a unique atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the Tour de France.

Cyclingnews has put together a gallery of some of the personalities, the colour and the festival that is the Alpe d'Huez. Enjoy!