Tuesday, July 14, 2015

First day in the mountains

The riders in the Tour de France will get their first taste of real climbing today as the route takes them into the Pyrenees.

Today's stage ends at La Pierre Saint Martin following a climb of 1,134m in just 15.3kms. The average gradient is 7.4% but there are sections much steeper than that.

The longest climb for the riders will be the Col de Croix de Fer where they face 22.4 kilometres of uphill at an average of 6.9% gradient. The steepest will once again be Alpe d'Huez with an average 8.1% gradient over 13.8 kms.

Whether you watch for the racing or the spectacular scenery, the Tour de France makes for compelling viewing.

PS Spanish hopes are on Alberto Contador who won the Giro this year, ours are on Chris Froome who is the current tour leader. 

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