Tour de France: Roglic predicts 'crazy hard stage' to Col de la Loze

Race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images)

After the Tour de France's relatively uneventful first Alpine stage on Tuesday, leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) promised, in stark contrast, a "crazy hard" day of climbing on Wednesday when the race tackles two of the toughest ascents of the entire cycling year.

The 17.1-kilometre hors-catégorie Col de la Madeleine, which the Tour ascends on its tougher side this year, would be daunting enough climbing fare by itself. But add in the ascent to the Col de la Loze, a 21.5km climb with the last 5km averaging out at a nine per cent gradient, and it becomes even more serious a challenge.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.