Route: Alpe d’Hues & Sarenne
Distance: 31.7 miles
Ascent: 2,200 – 6,500 ft
Information: Since 1952, the climb of l’Alpe d’Huez has been a finish for many a dramatic stage of The Tour de France. Recent Tour history saw it as the finish for Stage 17 during the 2008 Tour, won by Carlos Sastre of Spain.
In 2011, Pierre Rolland took on the Spanish “armada” of Sanchez and Contador to claim a classy French win atop the Alpe after a day of tireless work for his team leader, Thomas Voeckler.
The climb up Alpe d’Huez is 13.8 km with an average gradient of 8.1% (1130 m) with 21 switchbacks marked with signs honoring each of the Tour de France/Alpe d’Huez stage winners.